Firefighters in La Cañada Flintridge are urging homeowners to “harden” their homes against the threat of wildfires by complying with ongoing department brush clearance inspections and taking extra steps to secure their properties against the potential threat of free-flying embers.
Since May 1, teams from L.A. County Fire Station 82 on the city’s east side have been conducting annual brush clearance inspections at some 450 homes along the La Cañada’s forest-adjacent northern perimeter as well as hilly and wooded areas to the south.
Hundreds of other homes west of Chevy Chase are currently under inspection by teams from Fire Station 19 on the city’s west side.
“The message is: Help us help you. Give us a better opportunity to save your home, and you can do that by providing clearances so we don’t have to put our people at great risk to protect it when fire is coming through,” L.A. County Assistant Fire Chief Bill Niccum said Tuesday during a discussion of home wildfire safety protocols at Station 82 that was also attended by Mayor Dave Spence.