California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Amador-El Dorado Unit
CONTACT: Teri Mizuhara, Fire Prevention Specialist II, 530.708.2724
Camino - "Too often we are lulled into a false sense of security, the "it won't happen to me" syndrome. With fire season right around the corner, now is a good time to review your evacuation plan (Wildfire Action Plan) with your family. Don't wait until the smoke is swirling around your home because by then it is too late. Failing to plan is planning to fail. Are you willing to risk the health and welfare of your family?" cautions CAL FIRE's Amador-El Dorado Unit Chief Kelly Keenan who adds "making sure your family and your home is SET for an approaching wildfire and a possible evacuation is the second part of CAL FIRE's READY-SET-GO fire safety program. Practicing your evacuation plan now if you have one or creating an evacuation plan and practicing it now will ensure a much smoother departure in the face of a wildfire or other major emergency."
If an evacuation is imminent, have your evacuation kit(s) and other valuables in your car. Have your car backed into your driveway with your doors and windows closed (this way you can drive forward out of your driveway). Keep your family and pets close by. Dress in appropriate clothing (natural fibers versus manmade fabrics), have goggles and a mask to protect you from the smoke. Alert your family and neighbors. Drink plenty of water and stay tuned to your local television/radio stations for updated news.
If time allows, prepare the interior of your home by doing the following:
Shut off gas at the meter and turn off all pilot lights.
Then prepare the exterior of your home:
Move flammable items such as patio furniture, door mats, and children's toys inside the house or far away from the side of your house.
Survival tips if you are trapped:
Stay CALM, do not panic. Focus on what you need to do to survive.
"It is always best to leave your home well ahead of the wildfire. Roads quickly become clogged with vehicles (people evacuating and emergency service equipment responding to the fire) and the smoked filled air can cause people to become disoriented and panic. Protect your loved ones and get SET today and rest easy tonight because it is not a matter of if a wildfire will happen but when a wildfire will occur" warns Chief Keenan.
For more detailed information on what you have read, please visit CAL FIRE's website www.readyforwildfire.org or call 530-644-2345 to receive a free brochures on the READY-SET-GO program and evacuation tips for your family and pets.