The geography and weather in California make it a state threatened by wildfires. As wildfires continue to increase each year, Cal Fire encourages residents to plan, and prepare.
According to Cal Fire, property owners and residents in areas most at risk should maintain defensible space and prepare homes against flying embers.
“Flying embers from a wildfire can destroy homes up to a mile away. Taking the necessary measures to harden (prepare) your home can help increase its chance of survival when wildfires strike,” said Cal Fire officials.
Cal Fire also recommends fire-resistant landscaping. This type of landscape can prevent the spread of a fire to your home.
“The good news is, you don’t need a lot of money to make your landscape fire resistant. And you will find that a fire-resistant landscape can increase your property value and conserve water while beautifying your home,” said Cal Fire officials.
Residents should be prepared for possible evacuations in the event of a wildfire. Be sure to have a plan on what to take and where to go. Fire officials recommend having a sturdy pair of shoes and a flashlight near your bed in case of a sudden evacuation at night.
Keep these six “P’s” ready in case immediate evacuation is required:
-People and pets
-Papers, phone numbers, and important documents
-Prescriptions, vitamins, and eyeglasses
-Pictures and irreplaceable memorabilia
-Personal computer hard drive and disks
-”Plastic” (credit cards, ATM cards) and cash
Residents should put together emergency supply kits long before a wildfire occurs. The supply kit should be easy to grab if you have to evacuate quickly.
Cal Fire Emergency Supply Kit Checklist:
-Face masks or coverings
-Three-day supply of non-perishable food and three gallons of water per person
-Map marked with at least two evacuation routes.
Click here for full supply checklist: https://www.ready.gov/kit
Cal Fire officials said evacuation plans will be different this year due to COVID-19. If you need to evacuate and plan on staying with friends or family members, ask first if they have symptoms of COVID-19. Be sure to check with hotels, motels and campgrounds to find out if they are open.
For more information on how to prepare for wildfires visit: https://www.readyforwildfire.org/