Wildfire Resource Guide: What to do in case of a fire

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If you live in an area that could be threatened by fire

Have an escape plan:

  • Make sure everyone in your household knows the plan and knows where to meet outside of the fire area.

  • Make electronic copies of all your critical documents, including identification and proof of insurance. Protect them with secure passwords and make sure you can access them remotely.

Prepare your home:

  • If you are repairing or remodeling your home, use fire-resistant materials, which are sometimes required by local building codes.
  • Remove leaves and other flammable materials within 30 feet of your home.
  • Create a “clean room” in your home.

Invest in hardening your home:

  • Easier and Cheaper Parts of Your Home to Cure

    • Vents

    • Gutters

    • Chimney

  • More involved/more expensive (there may be financial assistance available for homeowners in fire prone areas)

If there is an active wildfire in your area

Monitor air quality

Follow local agencies, be prepared for evacuation orders

  • Sign up for emergency alerts. You can learn more about how at www.ready.gov.

  • You can track active fires at weather.gov/fire or fire.airnow.gov.

  • Find out where your city or county posts emergency information. Often, local emergency services share updates on social media such as Facebook or Twitter.

Be ready to evacuate

  • Plan multiple escape routes

  • If you have a car, keep a first aid kit, prescription drugs, flashlights, food and water for people and pets, phone/device chargers, credit cards /extra cash and N95 masks in your trunk during fire season. Avoid flammable products. Keep your car powered enough to reach your destination.

  • If you don’t have a vehicle, fill a “go bag” with these same items. Keep it in an easily accessible place.

  • Know where your irreplaceable items such as jewelry and family photos are. Have a plan for when you’ll move them to the car or “go bag it.”

Additional Resources

Wildfire Preparedness (CDC)

How to prepare for a wildfire (WA DNR)

Wildfires (Ready.Gov)

Wildfire Ready (CAL Fire)

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