Chapter 2: Wildfire Evacuation Checklist
When an evacuation is anticipated, CALFire recommends you follow these checklists (if time allows) to give your home the best chance of surviving a wildfire. Keep in mind if there is an immediate evacuation order, only do the most critical items and leave your home immediately!
Inside The Home
- Close all windows and doors, leaving them unlocked.
- Remove flammable window shades and curtains. Close metal shutters.
- Move flammable furnishings to the center of the room, away from the windows and doors.
- Shut off gas at the meter and turn off all pilot lights.
- Leave your outdoor lights on so firefighters can see your home under smoky conditions.
- Shut off the air conditioning unit, all house fans, and ventilation that can suck air into your home.
- Safely locate pets and keep them nearby.
- Prepare farm animals for transport and have a pre-plan for where you will relocate them to safety.
- Pack your pets emergency kit and load it in your vehicle.
Outside The Home:
- Gather up flammable items from the exterior of the house and bring them inside (patio furniture, children's toys, doormats, trash cans etc.)
- Turn off propane tanks that power your home.
- Move propane BBQs and other appliances away from the structure of your home.
- Connect garden hoses to outside water valves or spigots for use by firefighters if necessary. Fill water bucks and place them around your home.
- Do not leave sprinklers on or water running, they can impact critical water supply and pressure.
- Leave exterior lights on so your home is visible to firefighters in smoky conditions or darkness.
- Put your emergency supplies in your vehicle.
- Back your car into the driveway with the vehicle loaded and all doors and windows closed. Carry your car keys with you at all times.
- Have a ladder available and place it in a visible spot for firefighters to quickly access your roof.
- Seal attic and ground vents with pre-cut plywood or commercial seals.
- Monitor your property and the status of the fire. DO NOT wait for an evacuation order if you feel threatened and need to leave.
- Check on neighbors and make sure they are preparing to leave. You can help keep your neighborhood safe and prevent a traffic pile up once things reach critical status.
- Leave a clearly visible sign near the front door that states the home has been evacuated when you leave. Provide as much information possible as well as where you are heading.