Automated Fire Danger Rating Signs for Very High Fire Severity Zones
Posted by Councilmember Englander on November 20, 2015 at 12:00 PM
Last week, I submitted a motion to have the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) take the steps needed to install Automated Fire Danger Rating (AFDR) signs on trailheads in the City of Los Angeles that are located in Very High Fire Severity Zones.
Wild fires are a constant danger in hilly and mountainous areas of the City, particularly within the San Fernando Valley. Residents and visitors in these areas must be aware of the threat of a fire at all times.
Many fire risk areas post Fire Danger Rating Signs. The Signs display the fire danger rating for that day, and are usually manually updated by firefighters or park rangers to reflect the current level of fire danger.
However, manually updating these signs requires that a firefighter or park ranger travel to the sign to adjust the warning level. As a result, the signs may not be changed multiple times a day, even though the danger of a fire can change as quickly as the weather.
The technological advancements of AFDR will signs to be remotely updated. These signs would enable one employee to update multiple signs quickly. We must be proactive in protecting the areas in danger before they are at risk and ensure that our community has the most up to date information in areas that have an increased risk of fire.
Click here to see the motion.
-Mitchell Englander, Chair Public Safety Committee