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Joshua Tree Office
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CDF - Fire
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Fire Safe Council
Fire Safety Checklist
Develop a fire escape plan
Burn Permit Rules
The following links contain information on fire safety
CDF Fire Education
California Fire Safe Council
Fire Safety Education Resource Directory
USDA Forest Service library
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The threat of wildfire in Morongo Valley is very real. On the State's scale for fire risk, Morongo Valley is rated "Highest". Additionally , it is adjacent to Federal, State and County Wildlands (BLM, San Bernardino National Forest, Joshua Tree National Monument), creating an "Urban Interface Risk". This means that a fire in the Wildlands could spread into the residential areas and visa versa. Fire season is determined by the State Fire Agency C.D.F. It is based upon weather patterns and fuel conditions. The season generally begins around the middle of May and is generally closed at the end of October. Morongo Valley has an unusually high underground water table. This allows for much more vegetation to grow than is typical in a desert environment. The result is an almost year round High Fire Danger in the Morongo Valley area caused by the thick and dense levels of vegetation. The declared Fire Season is a state of heightened readiness.
The mission of the Morongo Valley Fire Department is to save lives and protect property, provide an adequate level of service at a reasonable cost to the residents, workers and visitors of the Morongo Valley. This is accomplished through a sincere commitment to the community by a firefighting force that is dedicated to a continual training program and personal commitment to providing quality services to their community.
Defensible Space Inspections Start in May.
Morongo Valley Fire Department will begin conducting “LE 100 (brush clearance) inspections on May 1st. The inspections ensure each home has the required State mandated defensible space. Creating defensible space consists of clearing vegetation to maintain a 30’ clearance around all structures. From 30’ to 100’ (or the to property line, whichever is nearer) should be maintained as a fuel reduction or fuel modification zone. The goal of the inspection is to protect not only ourselves, but also our neighbors from potential fire dangers. Passing inspections are also useful in challenging insurance companies when they cancel policies, an increasing issue. For more information and to obtain details on fuel modification zones, visit Cal Fire’s website “fire.ca.gov” or call Morongo Valley Fire Department 363-6211.
The Department ordered a 12 lead Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) at press time. The 12 lead AED offers greater capabilities than the 3 lead AED. Engineer Eric Griffiths, who is currently enrolled in Paramedic school and completing an internship with a local ambulance service provider, shared his recent experience with the upgraded AED. He responded to medical aid call where the patient's complaint was extreme fatigue. The patient had no difficulty breathing, no pain or other complaints other than feeling extraordinarily tired. The 3 lead AED failed to detect any abnormal cardiac rhythms. Eric's many years of experience as an EMT came into play and he decided to hook the patient to the 12 lead AED during transport to the hospital. The enhanced capabilities of the equipment revealed a myocardial infarction - a silent heart attack, in layman's terms. The patient displayed none of the "normal" cardiac arrest symptoms: chest pain; arm pain; shortness of breathe or nausea. The 12 lead AED provided a definitive diagnosis so the medics could begin providing life saving measures, while still enroute to the hospital.
The Morongo Valley's new equipment, which is a requirement to maintain our status as a medic unit, cost over $22,000 and was funded by a Homeland Security Grant and fire department budget funds. We look forward to serving our residents with better equipment.
Sawtooth Complex Fire
And, be sure to have the whole family look at the interactive Checklist for a fun, visual review of fire safety Inside and Out.
Homeowner's Checklist (English) (235K PDF)
Homeowner's Checklist (Espanol) (600K PDF)
CDF Incident Fact Sheet (Paradise Fire)
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