If You Can't Go

If You Cannot Leave
  • If you are unable to evacuate, stay in your home during the fire. It will be much hotter and more dangerous on the outside.
  • Call 911 for assistance.
  • Turn on all exterior lights.
  • Stay away from windows and move to an interior room or hallway.
  • Do not attempt to leave until after the fire has passed and you can safely leave.
  • Check for small fires inside the house and extinguish them.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Make sure you can exit the house if it catches fire.
  • Fill sinks and tubs with water.
  • Place wet rags under doors and other openings to prevent entry of embers and smoke.
  • Once the fire front has passed, check your flowerbeds, roof, rain gutters, attic and crawl space for fires or burning embers and extinguish them.
If You Cannot Evacuate Your Animals
  • Bring small animals indoors. Do not leave pets tethered outdoors.
  • Leave only dry food in non-spill containers. Do not leave treats or vitamins.
  • Depending on your pet’s needs, leave water in bathtubs, sinks or nonspill containers.
  • Do not confine mixed species of pets, such as cats, dogs, hamsters and birds in the same room even if they normally get along.
  • Move livestock and horses to a safe area, such as a recently grazed or mown pasture, riding arena or irrigated pasture. Never release them onto streets and roads. Provide enough feed and water for at least 48 hours.
  • Notify fire agency personnel of livestock on pasture or rangeland to coordinate evacuation.
  • Notify your county’s animal services department about animals you could not evacuate.