SDG&E partners with Cal Fire to give public fire safety lessons

The Valley Center hosted the first of three Wildfire Safety Fairs organized by SDG&E. Attendees were taught how to stay safe and prepared as the peak fire season approaches. Key points taught at the event included information about stocking an emergency kit, developing an emergency plan and designing or modifying the space around their home to help resist wildfire.

The company provides backpacks at each Wildfire Safety Fair containing medical grade face masks, water pouches, bandages, flash light, duct tape, energy bar packs, toilet paper, rain poncho, whistle, light stick, and other items.

Joe Napier, Valley Center Fire Department Chief, gave a presentation on how to create defensible space around your home to reduce fire risk. “Having that defensible space…gives your home that opportunity to then withstand that fire if it comes through,” he said.

Also speaking was Sandra Younger, a 2003 Cedar Fire survivor and author of The Fire Outside My Window. Younger works with disaster survivors and is a frequent speaker on the topic of resilience and transforming disasters into opportunities.

SDG&E’s fire science and climate adaptation staff gave a presentation on how the latest technologies are used to forecast and monitor extreme weather and fire conditions, and officials stood by to sign up attendees for future alerts on outages, evacuation alerts and future first-responder alerts.

All three Wildfire Safety Fairs will take place 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. More information is available at

Valley Center Middle School
28102 N Lake Wohlford Rd., Valley Center, 92082
Saturday, August 10

Ramona Community Center
434 Aqua Lane, Ramona, 92065
Saturday, August 24

Alpine Community Center
1830 Alpine Blvd., Alpine, 91901
Saturday, September 14

Categories: California News, Wildfires