Wildfires

  • If there is threat of a wildfire, warnings will be issued. Listen to your local radio or TV news program for the latest information.
  • Evacuate immediately, if you are told to do so. Take your disaster supplies kit with you and begin to implement the disaster preparedness plan you have already developed.
  • Back your car into the garage or park in an open space, facing the direction of the escape route. Shut the car doors and roll up the windows.
  • If possible, confine your pets to one room so they'll be easier to find in case you have to evacuate.
  • Secure the inside of your home. Close windows, vents, doors, blinds and drapes. Open fireplace dampers and close screens.
  • Move flammable furniture away from windows to the center of the room.
  • Turn a light on in each room to increase the visibility of your home in heavy smoke.
  • Secure the outside of the house: seal attic and ground vents with plywood; turn off propane tanks; put patio furniture inside; connect garden hoses to taps; set up a portable generator; water the shrubs close to the house.

 

Tips for new home construction

  • Build your home away from ridge tops, canyons and areas between high points of a ridge.
  • Build your home at least 30 feet from your property line.
  • Use fire-resistant building materials.
  • Enclose the underside of balconies and above-ground decks with fire-resistant materials.
  • Limit the size and number of windows that face large areas of vegetation.
  • Install dual- or triple-paned windows.
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