By many accounts, this year’s fire season will be brutal.
California is in a severe drought, and we are expecting another hot summer. Those similar incidents have been particularly devastating in the past two seasons, killing a total of 36 people and destroying more than 14,700 buildings in the state.
There were already over 3,000 fires by 2022. On Monday, a fire broke out in Sierra Nevada Gold, reaching more than 3,500 acres. The fire, which was controlled by 5 percent by Tuesday evening, forced hundreds to flee their homes.
Although we cannot completely prevent fires, we can take steps to reduce their impact. Today I’m going to give you some tips on how to prepare for a wildfire in California.
Prepare your home
There are several steps you can take to protect your property from wildfires, including cleaning holes, cutting brush, and adding fire-resistant plants to your garden.
One of the most effective steps is to create a safe space, at least 100 feet (more) between your home and the combustible plants. The space will help prevent fire in your home – from a fire or fire – and provide a safe place for firefighters to work to protect your property. Read more from CalFire on how to build a safe space.
Another important safety precaution is to limit the amount of coal you can enter your home. Coal-fired coal can destroy homes up to a mile away and is responsible for most property damage during a wildfire, CalFire said. Ways to protect your home from fire include installing metal mesh in your ventilation and removing debris from your roof and gutters.
Learn more about how to prepare your home for a wildfire in this article by my colleagues Marie Ta McDrath and Julia Howard.
Before a fire or other disaster, plan what you and your family will do in an emergency.
Find ways to escape from your community and decide where to go if you need to leave your home quickly. And make a list of which items you want to take with you.
See what to consider in your wildfire plan.
Create a ‘Go Bag’
As the fast-moving fire approaches, there is no time to pack a bag full of everything you need to stay away from home for a few nights. That’s why you need to pack in advance.
In a bag or other easy-to-carry kit, you may want to include a change of clothes, first aid kit, flashlight and extra car keys. It is also recommended that you have a three-day supply of food and water for you and your pets.
CalFire has a checklist you can follow, and The New York Times has additional instructions on what to put in your emergency bag.
Where we travel
Today’s tip comes from Charlotte Drew, who advises the California coast in Hamboldt and Mendosino County.
“I recently visited the lost beach for some beach camping and exploration. I have traveled all over the United States, Canada and Europe and I have never seen a clear view of the Milky Way. It was in my hometown! ”
Tell us about your favorite places in California. Email your suggestions to CAtoday@nytimes.com. We will share more in the next issue of the newspaper.
And before you go, some good news
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