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Wildfire map and action plan

Wildfire map and action plan

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 YOUR PERSONAL WILDFIRE ACTION PLAN
READY, SET, GO!
 
Saving Lives and Propertythrough Advance Planning 
READY, SET, GO!
 
Wildre Action Plan
INSIDE
Wildland Urban Interface 3What is Defensible Space 4Making Your Home Fire Resistant 5A Wildre-Ready Home 6-7Get Set - Prepare Your Family 8As the Fire Approaches Checklist 9Go Early Checklist 10Your Own Wildre Action Plan 11Residential Safety Checklist 12
he re season is now a year-round reality in many areas, requiring reghters and residents to be on heightened alert for the threatof wildre throughout the year.Each year, wildres consume hundreds of homes in the Wildland/Urban Interface (WUI). Studies show that as many as 80 percent of the homes lost to wildres could have been saved if their owners hadonly followed a few simple re-safe practices. In addition, wildre-re-lated deaths occur because people wait too late to leave their home. Your re department takes every precaution to help protect you andyour property from wildre. However, the reality is that in a majorwildre, there will simply not be enough re engines or reghters todefend every home.Successfully preparing for a wildre requires
you
to take personalresponsibility for protecting yourself, your family and your property.In this publication, we hope to give you the tips and tools you need toprepare and be successful.Fire is, and always has been, a natural occurance in the wildland.Our brush-covered hills, canyons and forests burned periodicallylong before we built homes there. Wildres, fueled by a build-up of dry vegetation and driven by seasonal hot, dry winds, are extremelydangerous and impossible to control. However, many residents havebuilt their homes and landscaped without fully understanding theimpact a re could have on them, and few have adequately preparedtheir families for a quick evacuation.It’s not a question of 
if 
but
when
the next major wildre will occur.That’s why the most important person in protecting your life andproperty is not the reghter, but you. Through advance planning andpreparation, we can all be ready for wildre. We hope you nd thetips in the next pages helpful in creating heightened awareness anda more re-safe environment for you and your family.
This publication was prepared with the assistance of the VenturaCounty Fire Department and the Orange County Fire Authority incooperation with the International Association of Fire Chiefs. Specialthanks to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, Universityof Nevada Cooperative Extension “Living with Fire” program, CALFIRE, FireSafe Council, Firewise Communities and many otherorganizations for their contributions to content.
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