What do I do if a brush fire breaks out?
Wildland fires burn rapidly and winds often make them unpredictable. So, be very cautious when attempting to control a brush fire with a garden hose. Call the fire department for assistance every time.
- Report brush fires immediately by dialing 911. Never assume someone else will make the call.
- Back your car into the garage or park it in an open space facing the direction of escape. Shut doors and roll up windows. Leave keys in ignition. Close garage doors/windows. Disconnect automatic garage openers.
- Confine pets to one room. Make plans to care for pets in case you must evacuate.
- Follow instructions of emergency personnel. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
- Wear protective clothing, sturdy shoes, cotton or wool clothing, long pants, long sleeved shirt, gloves and handkerchiefs to protect your face.
- Lock your home. Tell someone when you left and where you're going. Choose a route away from fire hazard. Watch for changes in fire's speed and direction.