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Fire risk DVDs coming

Firefighters from La Jolla stations 9, 13 and 16 will be joined by volunteers again this weekend handing out a DVD on wildfire prevention and preparedness.

Fire department spokesman Lee Swanson said they will be concentrating on reaching homes closest to the canyons as part of a regional effort by the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services, the San Diego County Fire Chiefs Association and Farmers Insurance Group.

The campaign aims to deliver 400,000 “Before the Threat” DVDs in a door-to-door campaign throughout the region’s high-fire-risk areas.

“During the 2007 fires, we saw that defensible space works,” said Ron Lane, director of the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services. “The homes that were still standing in the fire perimeter area all had defensible space. The 1,700 homes that burned had a flaw in their defensible space, and that’s what we are hoping to address with our campaign.”

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This effort is made possible through a $200,000 grant from the Farmers Insurance Group. Volunteer San Diego is helping to organize the massive number of volunteers, which will include members of area Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and fire safe councils.