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Outside Your Shelter

Most of these things you can plan for ahead of time. Then, when the fire comes, if you can't get out (evacuating early is always preferred), go into action.

  • Strategically place sprinklers to wet your shelter and surroundings and turn them on.
  • Protect some hoses from flames and have them ready to use once the fire front has passed.
  • Close exterior doors and windows, but leave them unlocked.
  • Close or cover outside attic, eave, and basement vents to prevent embers from entering.
  • Move all flammable materials at least 30-feet away from your shelter, including vehicles and recreational equipment, lawn furniture, and firewood.
  • Plan for loss of power. Have emergency generators ready to power your well’s pump.
  • Store water for putting out burning embers or small fires after the fire front has passed.
  • Shut off natural gas and propane.
  • Open gates to prevent flames from spreading from a fence to your shelter.