Stay safe during a wildfire and prevent damage

Preventing wildfire damage

  • Clean debris from gutters, downspouts and the roof, if possible.
  • Keep firewood, propane tanks, boats, playground equipment and other combustibles at least 30 feet from your home.
  • Trim tree branches so they’re at least six feet above the ground.
  • Enclose the bottom of an elevated deck, patio or porch and consider screening the top area to keep it free from debris.
  • Cover attic and crawlspace vents with 1/8-inch metal screens to help keep out burning embers.
  • Avoid using wood bark and rubber mulch that can catch fire – use gravel, brick or concrete around your home instead.

When a wildfire is coming

  • If you see a wildfire, call 911 to report it.
  • If you’re told to evacuate, do so immediately.
  • Close windows in your house and car to prevent burning embers from getting inside

After a wildfire

  • Maintain a “fire watch” several hours after the fire has passed, looking for smoke or embers throughout your home.
  • Be prepared for potential flooding, since the ground might be charred and lack vegetation.