Preparing for Wildfires

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Take steps now to prepare for wildfires. More and more people make their homes in areas that are prone to wildfires. You can take steps to be ready for a wildfire and prepare your home and landscaping to reduce your risk from a wildfire.

Know your community’s evacuation plans.
  • Find several ways to leave your area.
  • Drive the evacuation routes and find shelter locations.
  • Have a plan for pets and livestock.
Gather emergency supplies, such as respirators [PDF-329 KB].
  • A respirator filters out smoke or ash before you can breathe it in. Children ages 2 years and older can wear respirators and masks. However, NIOSH Approved respirators do not come in suitable sizes for very young children.
  • Remember the needs of children; individuals with medical conditions like asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), or heart disease; or who are pregnant.
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Plan to keep wildfire smoke outside.
Keep track of fires near you so you can be ready.
  • AirNow’s “Fire and Smoke Map” has a map of fires throughout North America.
  • NOAA’s “Fire weather outlook” page maps fire watches and warnings.
  • Listen to the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio for emergency alerts.
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