To protect yourself, family and possessions it is necessary to take steps to become "Fire Wise".  The following in formation is designed to help make your home as wildfire resistant as possible.

Outside your home:

  1. Eliminate the fuel

  • Clear dry brush and leaves as required by local regulations.

  • Use fire-resistant plants for landscaping.

  • Replace combustible roofing materials with non-combustible ones.

  • Clear all debris from roofs and rain gutters, etc.

  • Remove tree limbs within 6 feet of the ground on trees 18’ high or taller, to keep ground fires from spreading into the trees.

  • Remove weak, dead or leaning trees.

  • Thin out heavily wooded areas.

  • Relocate firewood at least 30’ away from structures.

  1. Cover chimneys and stovepipes with non-flammable screens, with mesh ¼’ or less.

  2. Make sure your house address is clearly visible from the curbside.

  3. During fire season, keep an adequate supply of gasoline in your car at all times, and park your car facing out, in case you need to leave quickly.

Inside your home:

  1. Take time to create an Evacuation Plan. Include escape routes and a meeting place outside the house.  Don’t forget special considerations may be necessary for those with special needs such as children and   seniors.

  2. Create a “Go-Kit” of things you will want to take with you if you must suddenly evacuate. Include legal documents, a list of valuables, jewelry, computer files and keepsakes.

  3. Pre-plan alternate meeting places away from your neighborhood.

  4. Select an out-of-state friend or relative as a contact and information point for friends and relatives.

  5. Keep fire extinguishers at home and teach the family how they are used.

  6. Make sure you have approved smoke detectors at home and replace the batteries regularly.   

Fire Evacuation:

  1. Park car facing direction of escape with key and evacuation kit.

  2. The Department determines if an EVACUATION WARNING (Voluntary Evacuation) or EVACUATION ORDER (Mandatory Evacuation) is necessary.  During both phases, Law Enforcement is responsible to disseminate information, possibly door-to-door or use of bullhorns.

  3. The Community Alert Network system may be activated by the Sheriff or the City.

Create a Family Disaster Plan

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