Newport Beach is one of the most beautiful places to live and visit, but the urban-coastal environment does not come without its risks.
What used to be called “fire season” is now a year-round reality. The threat of a wildfire requires firefighters and residents to be well prepared and on alert. It is not a question of “if,” but a question of “when” the next major wildfire will occur in Orange County.
We take every precaution to help protect you and your property from wildfire. In a major wildfire, however, City and County resources will become severely strained and firefighters will not be able to respond to every fire call. Therefore, you must be prepared.
Through advance planning and preparation, you can be ready for a wildfire.
The Newport Beach Fire Department, in partnership with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), has published Ready, Set, Go! to give you the tips and tools you need to prepare for such an event. This plan will teach you how to prepare for a fire, what to do when a fire breaks out, and when to leave your property to get out of harm’s way and allow firefighters to work.
Get prepared for wildfire before it strikes by following Ready, Set, Go!. Follow these tips to create a more fire-safe environment for you and your family.
Download the publications below for step-by-step instructions on preparing for wildfires. For more information on hardening your home, Section G of our Guidelines and Standards.
Create and maintain “defensible space” and guarding your home against flying embers.
Wildfire preparation starts with developing and maintaining an adequate defensible space (a safety “buffer” around your home) and by using fire-resistant building materials. Defensible space is created by removing dead plants, grass, weeds and any other flammable materials from around your home. This buffer helps to keep the fire away from your home. In addition, the right construction materials and repairs can help your home withstand flying embers, which can result in your house catching fire. This process is called “hardening the home” against wildfires. It takes the combination of defensible space and the hardening of your home to give your house the best chance of surviving a wildfire.
Prepare your family and home ahead of time for the possibility of an evacuation.
Before wildfire strikes, it is important that you and all members of your household “get set.” Follow these steps in advance of a wildfire:
- Create a Wildfire Action Plan that includes evacuation planning for your home, family, and pets.
- Assemble an Emergency Supply Kit for each person in your household.
- Fill out a Family Communication Plan that includes important evacuation and contact information.
Take the evacuation steps necessary to give your family and home the best chance of staying safe during a wildfire.
Make sure that you and your family are ready to go and evacuate early. Being ready to go also means knowing when to evacuate and what to do if trapped.
When immediate evacuation is necessary, follow these steps and GO!
- Review your Evacuation Plan Checklist.
- Ensure your Emergency Supply Kit is in your vehicle.
- Cover-up to protect against heat and flying embers. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, heavy shoes/boots, cap, dry bandanna for face cover, and goggles or glasses. 100% cotton is preferable.
- Locate your pets and take them with you.