The California Wildfires and Patio Guy’s InvolvementJoanna Solis
There is so much to do in California which is why we love that our company is located right here in Southern California. Sunny weather and nice summers make California special and a destination to live. However, just like any other state, California sees its share of natural disasters mainly made up of earthquakes and forest fires. In the past few years alone, we have seen large California forests go up in flames and homeowners across the state forced to evacuate their homes.
According to the California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection, 2017 had one of the most destructive wildfire seasons for Southern California with over 9,000 wildfires burning over 1 million acres. The 6 December fires alone caused road and school closures, power outages, air quality problems and over 230,000 people to evacuate.
Among those fires was the Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara County that destroyed 1,063 buildings and caused 23 people to lose their lives. 2017 was a record year but the severity has continued. The 2018 Camp Fire was recorded as the most destructive wildfire in California history based on the amount of structures it destroyed (over 18,000 structures). According to USA today, at its height, the wildfire burned the equivalent of 60 football fields per minute.
One Tree Planted is on a mission to recover forests affected by these flames. Patio Guys has joined One Tree Planted in the fight and has planted trees right here in California forests.
California is our home. We work with residents in counties across Southern California: (Riverside County, San Bernadino County, Orange County, San Diego County, Los Angeles County, Santa Barbara County, Ventura County).
This environmental service is important for us because it affects those that we know and work with. Some of our customers reside in communities that have been affected by fire evacuations. It’s a mission close to home. It’s our neighbors, friends, customers, and family member affected by the fires. A record 129 million trees need to be restored in California.
We paired up with One Tree Planted to plant 100 trees in California. Some of the native species we are planting are Sugar Pine, California Redwood (State Tree), Maple, Elderberry, Willow, Birch, Dogwood, Cedar, Giant Sequoia, and Walnut. Planting native healthy vegetation will help reduce the risk of catastrophic fires in the region. This is just the start of our partnership with One Tree Planted. This blog highlights one region we planted in, check out our blog to learn more about the other areas where we are planting trees. Learn more about our Partnership with one tree planted here.