Learn how to keep your family and home safe during a wildfire
A wildfire can spread quickly across forests and fields, giving you little time to evacuate to safety. Drought, dry conditions, and the careless use of fire all contribute to increased risk of wildfire. Get the facts about wildfires and learn what to do to keep your loved ones safe!
Listen to local area radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest wildfire information.
Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice – use the map below to track current fires and find open shelters.
Check your emergency kit and replenish any items missing or in short supply, especially medications or medical supplies.
Active Wildfire Map: 2018 Wildfire Season
As the brave crews battle this season’s wildfires, Red Cross disaster teams are partnering with government and community leaders to provide necessary resources to those affected.
The Red Cross is providing shelter, meals and emotional support. If you evacuated your home but are not staying in a shelter, you are welcome to come in for food, water and cleaning supplies for your return home.
VIDEO: 3 Easy Steps to Prepare
Prepare in Advance
How to Prepare for a Wildfire
- Find an online NOAA radio station
- Purchase a battery-powered or hand-crank NOAA radio in the Red Cross Store
As the Fire Approaches Your Home
If you do nothing else:
1. Be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
2. Listen to local radio and television stations for updated emergency information including your safest escape route.
3. Check your emergency kit and replenish any items missing or in short supply, especially medications and medical supplies. Keep it in the car.
4. Arrange for temporary housing at a friend or relative’s home outside the threatened area. Identify nearby shelter sites and know your routes to get there.
- Keep indoor air clean by closing windows and doors to prevent outside smoke from getting in.
- Do not use anything that burns and adds to indoor pollution such as candles, fire places and gas stoves.
Staying Safe Outdoors
- Look for shelter in a cleared area or among a bed of rocks.
- Lie flat, face down, and cover your body with soil.
- Breathe the air close to the ground to avoid scorching your lungs or inhaling smoke.