The Rancho Santa Fe Post

Rancho Santa Fe Fire Dept. Co-sponsors Free Fire-wise Landscape Event

On September 1st, from 9 am to 12 pm, the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District is co-sponsoring a free, fire-wise landscaping workshop. The Olivenhain Municipal Water District, San Dieguito Water District, Santa Fe Irrigation District, Carlsbad Fire Department, Carlsbad Municipal Water District, and Encinitas Fire Department will co-sponsor the event at the San Diego Botanic Gardens in Encinitas.

The workshop will provide attendees information on how to protect their homes from wildfires during this severe drought. Representatives from local fire agencies will be in attendance to address questions and alleviate concerns that homeowners might have.

Greg Rubin, a native plant expert, will lead the workshop in a discussion of landscape zones and hydration, plant selection, and landscape maintenance.

While most of the 24 wildfires burning throughout the state are north of San Diego County, the wildfire threat is still very real, as the state is in its fourth year of severe drought.

Mario Remillard, water conservation coordinator for the Carlsbad Municipal Water District, told the Del Mar Times, “Here in North County, just over a year ago, we saw first-hand how defensible space can save lives and property. We want people to know that there are many drought-proof plant options that can help protect your home from wildfires.”