A wildfire in Southern California has burned over 1,020 acres and caused evacuations of both homeowners (on Bluff Road, Stagecoach Road, Homestead Road) and livestock at an equestrian area located at Ingalls Park, 100 6th Street in Norco was caused by an unattended cooking fire according to a CAL FIRE incident report. The fire located near the Prado Basin between Highway 71 and Highway 91 was 35% contained.
According to a local television report, the fire spread through the area rapidly due to drought conditions and dense dry vegetation. The Basin which usually has water in it this time of year is dry due to the extended drought. The station reported that CAL FIRE Captain Liz Brown said, “About 500 firefighters were working the front lines. So were two helicopters, though fixed-wing aircraft were not being used," she said.
Because of the type of vegetation burning a lot of smoke has been created causing a dangerous air quality warning to be declared. Residents in the area are encouraged to stay indoors.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has some great information about safe grilling practices that homeowners can observe during the coming summer season. According to the NFPA blog, “In 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 8,800 home and outside fires. These 8,800 fires caused an annual average of 10 civilian deaths, 140 civilian injuries and $96 million in direct property damage.” As we enjoy the outdoors after the winter season, it is wise to take precautions to avoid causing unwanted damage. The NFPA has also created a grilling infographic (PDF,1 MB) for you to use on your website, blogs, Facebook and Twitter. Just download the graphic and place wherever you want to use it. Have a happy and safe outdoor grilling experience.