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How to Prepare for a Wildfire Warning

September 30,2021

In the event of a wildfire:


  • Create defensible space to separate your home from flammable vegetation and materials.
  • Have a household emergency escape plan and practice it so that you are prepared.
  • Pay attention to local media during wildfire season and listen for warnings that could affect you.
  • Have emergency supply kits assembled in your home and your


  • Monitor the local news and obey directions given by your local or provincial government.
  • Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice if wildfires have begun and are approaching your town or neighborhood.
  • Keep your windows and doors closed to limit your exposure to smoke and dust.
  • Move upholstered furniture away from windows and sliding glass doors.


  • Check with fire officials and local authorities before attempting to return to your home.
  • Use caution when re-entering a burned area – flare-ups can occur.
  • Look for out-of-place electrical wiring, gas smells, or loose debris.
  • Follow public health guidance on safe cleanup of fire ash and safe use of masks.