Orange County Fire Watch to Host Annual Fire Watch Symposium on National Wildfire Preparedness Day

The Annual Event Will be Streamed on YouTube on May 6.

WHAT: Orange County Fire Watch will once again host the 2023 Fire Watch Symposium on Saturday, May 6, at the Quail Hill Community Center in Irvine. Held annually during California Wildfire Preparedness Week, the Symposium will educate the community about the upcoming fire season and the steps being taken by local agencies and organizations to prepare for potential wildfires in Orange County and mitigate the negative impact caused. The event is open to the public, with the opportunity to attend in person or stream online from the Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s YouTube page.

During the program, attendees will hear presentations from fire prevention specialists, wildland resource planners, park rangers, and fire agency representatives. The event will also feature a keynote presentation from NOAA/National Weather Service Meteorologist Alex Tardy, who will share information on the recent storms and heavy rains, and how they have affected the California drought, as well as their connection to the La Niña and El Niño. OC Fire Watch will also present technology from youth scientist and entrepreneur Ryan Honary from SensoRy AI. The Orange County Fire Watch program is facilitated in partnership with OC Parks, the City of Irvine, the City of Newport Beach, the Irvine Ranch Conservancy, and the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA). The volunteer program is managed by Irvine Ranch Conservancy staff, and its mission is to reduce catastrophic wildfires through education, early reporting, and deterrence.


Saturday, May 6, from 8 am to 12 pm

  • 7:30-8:00 a.m. – Registration and sign in
  • 8:00-8:30 am – Refreshments (breakfast, beverages, and other snacks) and socialize
  • 8:30 am -12:00 pm – Presentations

WHERE: Quail Hill Community Center, 39 Shady Canyon Dr., Irvine, CA 92603

REGISTER: For more information on the 2023 Fire Watch Symposium and to register, please click here.


Irvine Ranch Conservancy

Irvine Ranch Conservancy is a non-profit, non-advocacy organization created in 2005 to help preserve and support the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks, enhancing the public’s connection to the land while helping partners and landowners with all aspects of stewardship. The Conservancy offers a variety of free, guided outdoor activities for all nature enthusiasts, including hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and much more. For more information, visit

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  1. Dear Fullerton Observer,

    I recently came across your article titled “Orange County Fire Watch to Host Annual Fire Watch Symposium on National Wildfire Preparedness Day,” and I wanted to commend Orange County Fire Watch for organizing this important event. The annual Fire Watch Symposium is an excellent initiative to raise awareness about wildfire preparedness and ensure the safety of communities in Orange County.

    As wildfires continue to pose a significant threat to communities across the country, it is crucial to prioritize education, preparedness, and proactive measures. The Fire Watch Symposium serves as a platform to disseminate valuable information, share best practices, and engage with the community in a collaborative effort to mitigate the risks associated with wildfires.

    I am pleased to see that the symposium aligns with National Wildfire Preparedness Day, highlighting the collective commitment to addressing this pressing issue. By bringing together experts, community leaders, and residents, the event creates an opportunity to exchange knowledge and foster a sense of unity in the face of potential wildfire emergencies.

    I appreciate the efforts of Orange County Fire Watch in organizing such a significant event. By promoting wildfire preparedness and sharing essential strategies for prevention and response, you are empowering community members to take an active role in protecting their homes, neighborhoods, and natural surroundings.

    I would like to extend my gratitude to all the individuals, organizations, and sponsors involved in making the Fire Watch Symposium possible. Your dedication to raising awareness and facilitating community engagement is commendable and greatly contributes to building resilience in the face of wildfires.

    Lastly, I want to express my gratitude to the Fullerton Observer for highlighting this important event. Your coverage plays a vital role in spreading the word and encouraging community participation. Your commitment to informing and engaging the public on issues that impact their safety and well-being is highly appreciated.

    I look forward to learning more about the outcomes and insights shared during the Fire Watch Symposium. By working together, we can create safer communities and protect the precious natural resources that make Orange County such a vibrant and beautiful place to live.

    Thank you again to Orange County Fire Watch and the Fullerton Observer for their dedication to wildfire preparedness and community safety.