Inland Empire Hot Topic: The Biggest Fires

When it comes to the Inland Empire, every season is fire season. It seems that with each ear, a new series of wildfires break out that draw the attention of worried onlookers and the news media. The most recent fire, the Lake Fire, has consumed over 30,000 acres. As destructive as that might sound, the Lake Fire doesn’t even manage to make Cal Fire’s top ten list. Even if these fire stories seem frightening, it’s important to know that it could always be worse. Here is a brief look at the top three biggest fires in California’s recent history.

Rim Fire

The Rim Fire was started by an illegal campfire in the Stanislaus National Forest and went on to burn over 257,000 acres of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in August 2013. The Rim fire is third on the CalFire list and though its acreage is considerably less than the second entry on the list (Rush fire), the Rim fire was closer to population centers. This resulted in the loss of 112 structures, but thankfully no loss of life. The fire was not technically declared “out” until over a year later in November 2014.

Rush Fire

The Rush Fire began its consumption after a lightning strike in Northeastern California in August 2012. While it has the second spot on Cal Fire’s list at around 271,000 acres burned, this acreage doesn’t account for the rough 43,000 acres that burned in Nevada. If considering the totality of acreage, the Rush fire would knock the Cedar fire from the top spot. Unlike the Cedar fire, the burning was mostly inuninhabited wilderness area resulting in no structure damage or death.

Cedar Fire

The Cedar Fire that devoured San Diego County was not just a notorious fire by itself, but also one of 15 different wildfires that were raging during the single month of October 2003. The Cedar Fire holds the top spot on Cal Fire’s list at over 273,000 acres scorched, 2,820 structures destroyed, and 15 deaths. The fire was caused by a lost hunter ineptly attempting to light a signal fire in hopes of being rescued. The 2003 fire season led to a variety of policy changes at state, local, and federal levels with how fires were fought.

What You Can Learn

Fire damage risk and wildfires are a part of everyday reality in the Inland Empire. It’sextremely important to keep the following steps in mind to ensure that you, your family, and your property areprotectedshould disaster strike:

You probably won’t prevent the next big wildfire that strikes the Inland Empire, but you can keep you and your family ready for when it happens. By taking these relatively simple steps and following them through, you can ensure that you, your family, and your property are given the best defense against wildfire and fire damage you can get.

Minor Mold Tips for Elsinore Residents

Lake Elsinore has the distinction of being a comparatively-moist area among the dry valleys of Southern California. However, with more moisture comes a greater chance of mold outbreak capable of comprising the value of your home and the safety of your family. Such incidents often require the use of a remediation service, although not every occurrence of household mold requires remediation. Minor spots or small growth can be easily taken care of, and preventative steps are fairly easy. Such steps can not only save time and money, but can prevent major occurrences that need remediation service. Here are the basics of taking care of in-house mold.

Cleaning

For small mold occurrences, the EPA suggestsscrubbing hard surfaces with a simple detergent and water solution. Do not paint over or retouch these surfaces until they are completely cleaned of mold. These hard, non-porous surfaces are the only types of surfaces the EPA recommends for cleaning yourself. More porous surfaces and objects may need to be removed or thrown away, since mold can easily grow in the pores and crevices of such surfaces, making conventional cleaning nearly impossible.

Prevention

The EPA also suggests addressing any pipe fixture leaks and finding the source of unusualmoisture as soon as possible. For rooms that will always have a lot of moisture, such as bathrooms, it’s recommended that the room be kept heavily ventilated. These rooms should also be more frequently cleaned than other rooms in the house. Taking such preventative measures decreases the likelihood of a mold occurrence and the size of the breakout if one shows up.

When Enough is Enough

Beyond small breakouts on hard, non-porous surfaces, the EPA recommends against taking on the work yourself. In the event of larger mold occurences, or mold outbreaks that affect softer, absorbent materials like carpet, the EPA recommends the usage of remediation services. Such services have a variety of advanced tools and procedures at their disposal to ensure that one’s home is mold free, thereby allowingLake Elsinore residents to continue on with their lives unthreatened by a moldy presence.