What should I do if a wildfire is threatening the area where I live?

Listen to a battery-operated radio for updates on the conditions of the wildfire and for any evacuation instructions. Close doors, windows, vents, and any other openings to prevent smoke from entering the house. If told to evacuate, do so immediately. Have several escape routes already mapped out, both by car and by foot. Take a route that is away from the fire and watch for the direction of the smoke. The fire may shift direction at any time due to the wind. Wear protective clothing and have a handkerchief to protect your face.

Contributing sources: FEMA, U.S. Forest Service

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