October 15, 2004

Handbook for a Fire-Smart San Diego

By Dan Carney
Landscape Architect, City of San Diego Water Department

Renowned wildland resource scientist and author, Klaus W.H. Radtke, Ph.D., will sign free copies of the handbook A Homeowner’s Guide to Fire & Watershed Management at the Chaparral/Urban Interface, as part of the San Diego Natural History Museum’s grand opening of the “Earth, Wind and Wildfire” exhibit on Oct. 16, 2004. Dr. Radtke will be available to meet with visitors and sign handbooks from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Through its partnership with the San Diego Fire Recovery Network, the City of San Diego Water Department worked with Dr. Radtke to update and reprint this useful handbook, which is available free to the public in remembrance of Firestorm 2003. The guide provides Southern California homeowners with tips on creating fire-smart landscapes and home environments, while at the same time helping to conserve water.

“We are all appreciative that this handbook can be made available to the community at a time when the awareness of fires is high,” said Dr. Radtke. “I am positive that people can apply many of the practical guidelines presented to their home design, landscaping, and maintenance in order to live more safely and enjoyably in California’s wild and/urban interface areas.”

“We’re pleased to provide the community with a free resource that pulls together various tips on building fire-safe and water-efficient landscapes into a practical user’s guide,”said Luis Generoso, Water Resources Manager for the City of San Diego Water Department, Water Conservation Program.

Community members are invited to attend the event to pick up their free, signed copy of the handbook and to also attend the “Earth, Wind and Wildfire” exhibit, which will be open through October 2005.

The San Diego Natural History Museum is located in Balboa Park at the intersection of Village Place and Park Blvd.

A downloadable version of the handbook will soon be accessible through the City’s website at: www.sandiego.gov/water/conservation.

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