Here are a few suggestions fire suppression (following), plus some fire safety suggestions from the Sooke fire chief (below).
–from Ellen Lewers
Some thoughts for fire suppression in light of a lesser than normal rainfall.
- Have signs made with a knot in a cigarette with the not-red-circle over top of it and writing to say: Keep your butt in. This is to stop the habit of people throwing cigarettes out the window which is still a common practice as I witness it frequently with the 500 ft of rd frontage on Sooke Rd as well as the Goose, behind and Ludlow Rd up the other side.
- Encourage dead branches and debris clean up during the winter to burn up any fuel which may feed a fire.
- Have highways dept, do a thorough clean up of glass and shiny metal after accidents to ensure no reflective material is left to heat up and start a fire.
- Fine people who throw anything out of the windows. I believe we still have a $500 fine for this.
- Have dead trees and branches trimmed over all power lines and remove dangerous trees on power lines, keeping in mind, that some branches grow 6 feet a year and the weight of the greenery pulls them down as will a wind storm.
We can’t change the climate, no matter what we do, but we should respect the nature of the climate and act accordingly. Consider drought-tolerant plants and let’s keep our yards in a tidy manner. And, when you see glass or items on the ground that may cause a fire, bend over and pick it up.
And, on that note, Sooke Fire Rescue Service also wants you to be fire-savvy: