Fire's Comin'

What can you do if fire is heading for your house?
Updated 03dec16

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Fire is heading for your house. What do you do?

If it is a simple grass fire you can try to defend your house with sprinklers, garden hoses and rakes until the fire department shows up. Create a barrier of bare ground and wet grass.

If it is a wildfire that the fire department is battling to control, you won't be able to help. Watering your yard and roof is a waste of time, and you will need every minute.

If you only have a few hours, load what you can into your vehicle and get out before fire blocks the road. You don't have enough time to do anything that will save your house, and you need that time to save your stuff and escape before it is too late. If you wait too long you will lose everything.

If you have a few days you can make your property more fire resistant. But the best time to do this is before the fire starts.

This little interactive page covers the basics: http://firewise.org/wildfire-preparedness/teaching-tools/interactive-modules-and-quizzes/wildfire-approaching.aspx


How can you make your property fire resistant?

The idea is to make it possible for the fire department to save your house. They can tell which house can be saved and which can't just by looking. Keep your property defensible at all times.
Remember that when fire arrives, it will be raining embers. The heat will dry everything out and melt your hoses & sprinklers. Many types of bushes can dry out, ignite via ember, and burn like torches. Your only defense is to get everything that burns away from the house.

You've seen the photos. A lone house stands unharmed in a sea of scorch. That house had defensible space, and all the houses around didn't.


What resources are out there?

http://www.fire.ca.gov is an excellent resource


More information





See also

Disaster Readiness
Preparing for others
Disaster readiness for kids Zip kits
Home emergency kits 72-hour kits
Evacuating
Aftermath
House Fire Prevention

This information was downloaded from http://www.FamilyReady.org