The 4,100 acre fire started at 11:15 a.m. on Dec 7, just west of Interstate 15 and south Highway 76 in severe dry, windy Santa Ana conditions. Fire officials stated the Lilac Fire had the potential to burn more than a thousand homes. Ultimately, it burned 114 homes and damaged 55 structures.
The After Action Report found the regional response to the Lilac Fire was effective and well-resourced, with damage limited after an initial wind-driven fire burned out of control. The regional preparation and collaboration seen on the Lilac Fire demonstrated the ability of first responders, public agencies, volunteer groups and communities to respond quickly and effectively during a time of crisis.
The County of San Diego Office of Emergency Services (OES) is asking all San Diego County residents to take the following steps to better prepare yourself and your family for future emergencies. Prepare now by:
It is possible that your family members may not be in the same place when a disaster occurs. Therefore, it is important to plan in advance to know how you will get in contact with one another, how you will reunite, and what you will do in different situations.
Basic Emergency Supplies should be sufficient to sustain you, your family, and your pets for a minimum of 72 hours. Get Started.
Register your cell phone, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone, and email address with AlertSanDiego. Registering makes it more likely you will receive an emergency notification. Registration is quick and simple. Register today.
With SD Emergency, the tools you need to plan, prepare and respond in an emergency are right at your fingertips. The SD Emergency App contains disaster preparedness information, interactive checklists to help you to create your emergency plan, build an emergency supplies kit, and when disaster strikes; the SD Emergency App will keep you and your family informed with emergency updates, interactive emergency maps, and shelter locations.
In San Diego County, wildfires, both naturally occurring and human caused, are a major hazard to our communities.
San Diego County residents are urged to take steps now to assess their wildfire risk, safeguard their homes and prepare for the next firestorm. Learn More.
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