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This week, FIRESafe MARIN will provide a simple, 7 day guide to improving your home and family's wildfire preparedness with simple, easy, inexpensive tips.
Ready, Set, Go. If you've followed days 1-4 of our Wildfire Preparedness Week step-by-step planning guide, you've now taken steps to "Ready" your home for wildfire. By creating Defensible Space, and taking steps to harden your home and maintain fire resistant landscaping, firefighters have a fighting-chance to save your home when wildfire strikes. Today we'll look at the first stage of preparation to evacuate.
Many Marin residents remember the 1991 "Tunnel Fire" in the Oakland/Berkeley hills like it was yesterday. In the Mill valley hills, many watched this devastating fire, the most destructive wildfire in US history, from their living room windows. 25 people perished in the fire, most of whom were residents who died in their homes or cars - attempting, too late, to evacuate.
Four years later, the 12,000 acre "Vision Fire" struck even closer to home in west Marin, burning 45 homes. No lives were lost, in part due to lessons learned in Oakland.
Before wildfire strikes, it is important that you get "Set." Getting set requires preparation before a wildfire strikes, readying yourself and your home for the possibility of having to evacuate ("Go").
Three main preparation actions should be completed when getting "Set." Be sure you and all members of your household are familiar with these items and procedures long before a fire starts.
When a fire is burning nearby, review these checklists:
These steps should be taken well in advance of the fire when possible:
Learn more at www.firesafemarin.org/preparedness, and watch your email tomorrow for Day 6 of our Wildfire Preparedness Week series. Download a Ready, Set, Go "Action Guide" for more information and checklists.