You can make a difference
Develop a Wildfire Action Plan
- Have up-to-date fire extinguishers inside the house and a long hose outside it
- Know which valuables and papers to take with you and have them handy
- Assemble an emergency supply kit
- Check out alternative escape routes from your neighborhood
- Designate an emergency meeting location for family members
Participate in a Community Organization that prepares for wildfire
Private landowners and neighborhood organizations can create defensible space through vegetation management, including the clearing of flashy fuels, the use of fire-resistant ground cover, and having controlled burns with support from your local fire department.
Urban communities can adopt rural fire prevention measures like using fire-proof shingles and blocking open areas under eaves and decks.
Examine your local building codes in light of the increase in wildfires’ severity and geographical reach. Urban building codes aim at preventing fire from igniting and spreading within houses. In rural areas, people also protect their homes’ exteriors from wildfires, and they often do this both as individual homeowners and as community members.
If your community has a Prescribed Fire Council or a Fire Safe Council, join it. If it does not, speak with your neighbors about forming one. If you live in California, you can contact the California Fire Safe Council for guidelines and support.
Support Wildfire Wise Organizations and Public Policies
Advocate changes in public policy from local building codes to federal funding of proactive fire prevention through vegetation management and prescribed burns:
Support non-profit organizations that work for the health and safety of wildlands and watersheds:
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