Residents are encouraged to prepare their home, family and pets for wildfires.
Long and short term drought, dry vegetation and unpredictable fire behavior, along with increased human activity, combine for a potentially active fire year. Maricopa County officials offer these steps to stay safe.
Stay informed on current and predicted conditions in the community and when residents are enjoying the outdoors. Develop a disaster plan with the family to prepare for what to do, how to find each other and how to communicate in an emergency.
Be Ready to evacuate. Each family member and pet should have a “go bag” — a collection of items needed in the event of an evacuation. A go bag should be packed in a sturdy, easy-to-carry container, such as a backpack or suitcase on wheels and should be easily accessible if residents have to leave their home in a hurry. Make sure it is ready to go at all times of the year.
Prepare the home by creating defensible space. Design and landscape the home with wildfire safety in mind. Select materials and plants that can help contain fire rather than fuel it. Trim tree branches away from the home. Ask the power company to clear branches from power lines. Keep wood piles away from the home. Make sure the home address is visible from the roadway.