For the latest information on fire conditions in California,
please visit CAL FIRE’s website at http://www.fire.ca.gov.
Click here to view a 30 second public service announcement on wildfires.
Wildfires pose a major threat to California. Even without severe drought conditions, Southern California is just a spark and a Santa Ana wind gust away from seeing major damage.
Please consider the important steps below to protect you, your family, property and neighborhood.
Thank you to CAL FIRE for providing much of the helpful information below. I hope you and your family will review the information and be “Ready—Set—Go.”
Is your home fire-safe? Hardening your home is an important first step. There are many simple and inexpensive things you can do to lower your risk of a fire.
- Create 100 feet of defensible space around your home. Remove dry and/or dead vegetation from around your home.
- Remove piles of lumber and debris to allow better firefighter access and lessen fire damage.
- Remove dead leaves and needles from your roof and gutters.
- Review your insurance policies and take photos on your smartphone or video camera to document your belongings. Keep the video/photos outside the home.
- Create a Wildfire Action Plan that ensures all members of your family understand, especially in more rural areas.
- Put together an emergency supply kit. Include batteries, flashlights, prescriptions, water, and more.
- Have a family communication plan. All members of your family should know where to go if your family is evacuated.
- When you are asked to evacuate – don’t hesitate. Your life and the lives of first responders are put at greater risk when evacuation instructions are not followed.
Find more wildfire preparedness information go to http://www.readyforwildfire.org.
During a wildfire, it may become difficult to get the information you need. To help prepare, here are some other links you may want to know now:
- If you do not have a land line phone and only use a cell phone, add your cell phone to the reverse 911 dial program in your county. In an emergency, you will receive evacuation notices and instructions on your cell phone.
To register your phone in San Diego County, click here.
To register your phone in Orange County, click here.
- Call 2-1-1 to learn of community, health, and disaster services. 2-1-1 is a free 24/7 phone service (Call 9-1-1 only in situations when immediate assistance is needed to respond to an emergency).