HOMES AND BUILDINGS
To a wildfire, your house or cabin, if built of flammable materials, is only fuel.
Wildfires do not discriminate between trees and homes--if it's flammable it will burn. You can take steps to protect your home from a wildfire's flames. These simple steps to create defensible space, an area around your building that discourages fire from coming too near, will give your home a fighting chance, not IF but WHEN wildfires occur. Slope, vegetation types, planting design, location of outbuildings all affect a wildfire's ability to reach your home.
Defensible space can be created in many ways. For example you can:
- plant fire resistant plants
- space plants to slow the spread of fire from plant to plant
- place wood piles and wooden picnic tables well away from buildings
- keep roofs free of needles and leaves
- screen openings under decks and attic and foundation vents
- more tips on protecting your home
Ready, Set, Go! is a nationwide program adopted by the 15 Arizona Sheriffs that educates residents about proactive measures to take before an emergency and actions to follow when communities are threatened.
The three steps encourage Arizonans to get READY by preparing now for what threatens their community, be SET by maintaining awareness of significant danger and to GO, evacuate immediately when the danger is current and life-threatening. Visit https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go to learn more.
Register for your County Emergency Notification System. Many Arizona counties and tribes have a system in place designed to quickly notify an affected area of an emergency by sending a voice or text message to you. Click a link below to sign up for emergency alerts in your area