The fire season is a year-round reality, requiring firefighters and residents to be prepared for the threat of wildland fire. Each year, wildland fires consume hundreds of homes in the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) – a high-risk wildfire area containing natural fuels where houses are built. Studies show as many as 80 percent of the homes lost to wildland fires could have been saved if their owners had followed simple fire-safe practices. In addition, wildland fire related deaths occur because people wait too long to leave their homes.
Your fire department takes every precaution to help protect you and your property from wildland fire. However, in a major wildland fire event, there simply may not be enough fire resources or firefighters to defend every home.
Review this Action Guide from the International Association of Fire Chiefs website to make sure you are ready for wildfires.