Wildfires - Disaster Control

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Most wildfires are caused by people.  That means they can be prevented by people.
Meteorologists cannot forecast wildfire outbreaks, if you are in a fire-prone area, you should be prepared to evacuate with little notice and have an emergency kit ready always.  
Wildfire Safe Homes
How to Prevent a Wildfire
    • If you see an unattended or out of control fire call 911
    • Never leave a campfire unattended.
    • Completely extinguish a campfire before sleeping or leaving the campsite by dousing it with water and stirring until the ashes are cold..
    • When camping:
    • Be careful using and fueling lanterns, stoves or heaters
    • Light campfires only in designated areas
    • Avoid spilling flammable liquids.
    • Better still don't use flammable liquids or use prefilled containers.
    • Don't throw cigarettes, matches or lit materials out the window of a car.
    • Burning backyard waste:
    • Follow local ordinances.
    • Avoid burning in windy conditions.
    • Keep a shovel, water, and fire extinguisher ready.
    • Remove all flammables from yard when burning.


Preparing Your Home for Wildfires
Evacuation Tips

    • If evactuation is ordered or adviced, leave.
    • Plan and learn
    • Map your evacuation route, learn it and know it.
    • Prepare an evacuation checklist
    • Keep emergency supplies ready and contained. Sample Prep List.
    • Wear protective clothing and footwear to protect yourself from flying sparks and ashes.

Before You Leave, Prepare Your House
  • Remove combustibles from your yard. Combustibles include firewood, yard waste, barbecue grills, and fuel cans.
  • Close all windows, vents, and doors, this prevents a draft into the house.
  • Shut off natural gas, propane, and fuel oil supplies.
  • Fill any large containers with water to slow the fire, Pools, hot tubs, trash cans, tubs, wheel barrels...


Wildfire Home Improvement
 
If Caught in a Wildfire
    • Don't try to outrun the fire, you will lose the race. Look for water, pond, lake, river, pool and get down as low as possible.
    • If there isn't any water, find a low area, cubby type that has very little vegetatin, lie low on the ground, cover your body with wet clothing, a blanket or dirt and stay low until the fire passes.
    • Breath the air closest to the ground, through a wet cloth. Try to avoid inhaling the smoke.
 
 
 
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