Wildfires are unplanned fires that burn in natural areas like forests, grasslands or prairies. These dangerous fires spread quickly and can devastate not only wildlife and natural areas, but also communities.

  • Recognize warnings and alerts.
  • Make sure everyone in your household knows and understands what to do if you need to quickly evacuate. Review important documents.
  • Create a fire-resistant zone that is free of leaves, debris or flammable materials for at least 30 feet from your home.
  • Pay attention to emergency alerts and notifications for information and instructions.
  • Evacuate immediately if authorities tell you to do so.
  • Know that flood risks increase after wildfires.

Refer to FEMA’s wildfire fact sheet for more information about preparing for, responding to, and recovering from a wildfire.

Source: Ready.gov.