Fire season is here and there is a lot to be nervous about this year. It is possible that this year, like last, fire departments and the forest service might get overwhelmed and not be able to keep up with everything.

If a fire is coming toward your home or ranch you might have to make a decision about when to fight and when to run. Either way, it will be important to plan ahead. By that I mean plan long before the fires ever get started. Also, know not to be stubborn or be a hero. It is okay to give up and go should the situation get bad enough.

The video below will show you some interesting and clever tips on how to put out small lighting fires before they get too big and how and where to make fire breaks on your property long before a fire comes your way.

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As for what you can prepare for ahead of time:

  • Know what to take with you
  • Make an evacuation plan checklist.
  • Prepare an emergency supply kit for your vehicle throughout the entire fire season.

While you're preparing your emergency plan keep in mind:

  • Make sure you have something handy to cover and protect against heat and flying embers.
  • It is a good idea to wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, heavy shoes/boots, a cap, a dry bandanna for face cover, goggles or glasses. 100% cotton is preferable.
  • Make sure you have a plan for your pets. Don't get too excited around them. When you get worked up so do they.

You'll have to know when to evacuate. The best idea is to listen to emergency officials. They have the best and latest information. Do not wait for the order to leave. That can be cutting it too close.

On the way out try to take roads, if you can, that are clear of emergency vehicles. You need to get out, they need to get in.

Do not return home until you are told it is safe.

When you do return look for hazards like downed power lines and other hazards. Check propane tanks, regulators, and lines before turning gas on. Look for embers in odd places that could potentially start the fire again.

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