Remove combustibles like firewood, yard waste, or dry and bushy plants within 30 feet of your home
Close your windows and your vents to prevent embers and smoke from damaging, or sparking, the interior of your home
Shut off natural gas lines
Fill large vessels outdoors, like pools or trash cans, with water to slow a fire.
Help your neighbors. If their homes aren’t protected, all the effort to protect your home could be for nothing
3. Pack an emergency kit.
You may need to evacuate with less than an hour’s notice. Don’t waste valuable time packing emergency supplies. Instead, have them ready and waiting in a portable bag like a backpack or rolling duffle bag. You can purchase a ready-to-go kit, or make your own.
4. Prepare for evacuation.
In addition to the emergency kit, you should also gather all the important documents that are difficult or impossible to replace. This include birth certificates, marriage licenses, insurance paperwork, and any other items you may need. Wear protective clothing and shoes.
5. Consider your pets.
If you think an evacuation may become necessary for your area, plan ahead for your pets. Larger animals, like horses and goats, should be moved ahead of time. Smaller animals should have their own emergency kits, food, or even a travel carrier ready to go.
6. Practice your route.
You should practice at least two possible evacuation routes.
7. Leave immediately upon receiving an evacuation notice.
While you may be tempted to stick around for a few minutes to gather up some of your favorite items, or because the fire doesn’t look that close, don’t. Nothing in your home is worth more than your life or your family. Even if authorities give you an hour to evacuate, it’s still best to leave as soon as possible. Wildfires, by nature, are out of control and can escalate at any time