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Guide to create a fire evacuation plan

How to Create a Fire Evacuation Plan

Occurring in late 2018, the Camp Fire that swept Paradise was the deadliest in recorded state history. If you live in California or another state prone to wildfires, you may be wondering what precautions to take to protect your home and your family from a wildfire. To kick off the new year of 2019, we

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Fire Map of All Active Fires in California

Here’s a fire map of all active fires in California

Looking for a live map that shows in real time using Google maps and public data of all known active wildfires in California? Here we have the “official” view of current fires (if any). Real time data can be found here, including evacuation information. ( The fires of 2017-2018 were especially serious and deadly. Bookmark

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Fire on ridge photo

Vulcan: The Mythological God of Fire

The Vulcan Vent has a design meant to contain fires and dangerous embers outside buildings. So where does the name ‘Vulcan Vent’ come from? Hint: Not Star Trek. It may be logical to assume as much, but one would be incorrect. Not the Planet Vulcan either, the hypothesized planet from the 1800s. That turned out

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What is an ember attack

What is an ember attack?

Ember attacks are an occurrence near wildfires where are a huge number of burning fragments of wood and vegetation are caught on the wind. These can travel well ahead of the main fire before burning out, starting smaller fires well ahead of the the front line. This is how wildfires skip over roads and unvegetated

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Iroquois Theatre Fire

Remembering the Iroquois Theatre Fire

Some things can’t be undone. Two days before the start of 1904, harsh lessons would be learned that fateful night  that would resonate worldwide. The Iroquois Theatre Fire of December 30, 1903 was an unequivocally horrific tragedy with an appalling lack of justice for the survivors, victims, and loved ones. Many bad decisions (mostly by

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Why you should know about The Wildland-Urban Interface

If your community is within .5 miles of unpopulated and undeveloped wildland, you live in the Wildland-Urban Interface, the WUI, as it is called in California. This WUI is the area where the communities and farms end and nature begins. The wildland urban interface covers approximately 40% of all new development in the United States,

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easy and cheap things to make your home safer from fire

10 easy and cheap things to make your home safer from fire

An ounce of prevention. We know it’s about more than the basics of using fire vents in your home, defensible space and changing out your smoke (and CO) detector batteries regularly as needed. Home defense from fires takes vigilance. This spring, as the temperatures rise again, and the risk of fire becomes greater, we’ve put together a list

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