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Understanding Wildland Fires
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Being Prepared For A Disaster
Many big fires are caused by small mistakes!

  • Stay with your BBQ while cooking outdoors
  • Put cigarettes out cold, don’t throw them out the window or on the ground
  • Drown and stir campfires until it is cold to the touch
  • Be careful when burning weeds and debris, monitor it at all times

PREPARING YOUR HOME

  • Clean debris from your roof and cutters
  • Clear leaves, pine needles and tree bark away from structures
  • Store firewood at least 30 feet away from structures
  • Trim grass and brush creating a cleared area around propane tanks
  • Thin, trim, and cut  trees, shrubs and grass 30-100 feet from your home

BE PREPARED TO GO, BE PREPARED TO STAY

  • The safest place for your family is some-where that is not threatened by a fire. By planning ahead you can be prepared to evacuate or stay. If you evacuate remember the most important things:
    • Medications
    • Important papers, like birth certificates, tax records, insurance information
    • Pets, pet food, pet dishes, leashes and pet carriers
    • Phone, chargers and phone numbers of people you will need to call
    • Have your to go  bags all ready for each member of your family
  • If you shelter in place: If evacuating is not the safest thing to do, you may be safer to stay in your home (or your neighbor’s home) if any of these conditions exist:
    • Your only escape route goes into the fire
    • Smoke is so thick you can’t see where you are going and you don’t know where the fire is
    • The fire is so close or is moving so fast that you do not have time to evacuate safely
    • Emergency personnel (in person or by phone) recommend that you stay
FAMILY TIPS
Talk to your family about potential disasters and the necessity to be prepared for them. Involve each member of your family in the planning process. Simple steps can increase their safety and reduce anxiety about emergencies. Take into account the special needs of children, seniors, or people with disabilities. Decide where your family will go in case you are evacuated or you decide to leave on your own. Before you leave, notify someone that you are leaving and what route you will be taking. Take your pets, or make arrangements for them before you go. When you leave, lock your home and shut off gas/propane, and notify local authorities so they know you are gone and how they may reach you if necessary. When you arrive at your designation let your friends/family know you arrived safely.
REDUCING WILDFIRE RISK  
Residential  Your Home
The goal of an effective wildfire protection plan is to keep the fire from coming dangerously close to any building on the property. Once ignited, the building itself can become a source of radiant heat, flames and embers that can ignite combustible materials and buildings or neighboring properties. An IBHS post-fire study and other research have shown that buildings located less than 15 feet apart are particularly vulnerable to this type of fire spread. If a building has combustible siding, such as wood, vinyl or other types of plastic, good defensible space will reduce the fire hazard. If the wildfire is allowed to come close to or reach the building and ignite the siding, flames can quickly spread up the wall, potentially breaking glass in windows and spreading into the building, or up into the eaves and burn into the attic.
Surroundings  
Think of anything surrounding or attached to a building as a potential wick that can bring flames to the house. This might include something as unassuming as a storage shed or the stack of fire wood that under normal circumstances would make for an inviting indoor environment. Remember wind-driven embers, not flames from the wildfire, are the biggest threat to homes properties during a wildfire. Once these embers land on and ignite combustible materials, the potential for the wildfire to spread is much greater.
Defensible Space Zones  
Locking the front door, installing a security system and adding motion-detection lighting are all things security experts recommend for keeping intruders out. Think of your defensible space zones the same way. Each zone acts as a layer of protection between your house or business and the approaching wildfire. Keep in mind, though, just as with home security systems, these zones are only effective if they are properly maintained.
Remember, it is never legal to light
fireworks on Federal Land.
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