They moved around wheelbarrows full of dirt.
Several volunteers devoted their Saturday morning May 2 to help clear an area of land at Anaheim Fire & Rescue Station 10 to make way for what will be the city’s first FireSafe Demonstration Garden.
The event, hosted by Anaheim Fire & Rescue, was a precursor to Wildfire Awareness Week, May 3-9.
The preparation of the land was the focus of Community Wildfire Preparedness Day at Station 10.
The FireSafe Demonstration Garden, scheduled to open to the public this fall, will serve to educate Anaheim residents on how to create a defensible space around their home with fire-resistive and drought-tolerant plantings.
Volunteers toiled away from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 2, removing turf and an existing irrigation system to prepare for the FireSafe Garden, a 6,900-square-foot space that will be filled with fire-resistant plants that require 75 percent less water than traditional landscaping.
“Now more than ever, it’s critical for residents to learn about ways to conserve water while still being able to create a beautiful garden that is resistant to fire,” said Anaheim Fire Marshal Jeff Lutz, who was among the many Anaheim Fire & Rescue staff who participated in the May 2 event.
“It was a day of fun and education, and it was great to see residents come out and learn how Anaheim Fire & Rescue is taking a proactive role to keeping the city and all of its residents safe,” Lutz said.