Wildfire Safety

Every year, California faces unpredictable and devastating wildfires.

As a retired Fire Battalion Chief and firefighter serving in the State of California for 35 years, I have experienced firsthand the dangerous and life-altering effects a fire can have on families and businesses in our communities.

Approximately 95% of wildfires in California are caused by human activity.

But there are precautions we can take to prevent fires before they start.

In order to keep us all safe, there are simple steps we can take to avoid the ignition and spread of wildfires.

  • Avoid using power equipment after 10am or on hot or windy days
  • Stay current on regular maintenance for your vehicle, do not drive onto dry grass or brush, and make sure trailer chains and cables are not dragging on the ground
  • Never leave a fire unattended and follow all guidelines for the use of campfires and fireworks in your local jurisdiction
  • Dispose of used matches and cigarette butts in a closed container or cup of water
  • Maintain at least 100 feet of defensible space around your home and remove debris from gutters
  • If you see a downed power line, keep at a safe distance and immediately call 911

Most importantly, make sure you have an evacuation plan in place for you and your family if you get an evacuation order due to a fire or other emergency, and be sure to leave the area immediately to stay safe and to clear the way for emergency personnel.

A disaster can happen at any time, but planning ahead will help you respond to an emergency quickly and correctly. Being prepared when a disaster strikes can make all the difference.

You can find the right wildfire action plan for your family and home by visiting ReadyforWildfire.org.

CALFIRE, the California Office of Emergency Services, and your local police and fire departments are also great resources.

Most wildfires are preventable and we must do our part to keep our communities safe this fire season.