Be Wildfire Ready -(https://www.ready.gov/wildfires)
Wildfires can ruin homes and cause injuries or death to people and animals. A wildfire is an unplanned fire that burns in a natural area such as a forest, grassland or prairies.
If you live in an area adjacent to wooded areas, the threat of wildfire is a concern. Fast moving wildfires can destroy a home in a short period of time.
Before A Wildfire:
- Sign up for your community’s emergency warning system.
- Gather emergency supplies, including a N95 respirator mask that filters out particles in the air.
- If you have a pre-existing respiratory ailment, consult your physician
- Keep important documents in a fireproof safe place.
- Know your community’s evacuation plan
Protect your home and business:
- Defend your space.
- Use fire resistant roofing or siding materials
- Enclose spaces under porches and decks
- Replace mulch with decorative stone
- Use non-resinous or less flammable plants
- Prune trees and shrubs to remove dead or dying plant life
- Reduce the density and change the arrangement of landscaping
Survive During a Wildfire
- Evacuate immediately if told to do so.
- If trapped, call 911 and give your location, but be aware that emergency response could be delayed or impossible. Turn on lights to help rescuers find you.
- Listen to, or watch local media or news outlets
- Use an N95 mask to help keep harmful products out of the air you breathe
After a Wildfire
- Listen to authorities and do not return until told to do so. The area may be unsafe.
- Avoid hot ash, burned trees, shrubs or other smoldering debris. Be cautious of the ground in burned areas. The ground may contain heat pockets that can burn you or re-ignite or cause another fire.
- Avoid breathing ash from the fire.
- Document property damage with photographs. Inventory your belongings and contact your insurance company for assistance.