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Wildfire Safety

IF YOU ARE CAUGHT IN THE OPEN:

The best temporary shelter is in a sparse fuel area.

When in an automobile, move it to the barest possible ground. Close all windows and doors. Lie on the floor and cover yourself with a jacket or blanket. Keep calm and let the fire pass.

If a road is nearby, lie face down along the road cut or the ditch on the uphill side. Cover yourself with anything that will shield you from the fire's heat.

When hiking in the back country, seek a depression with sparse fuel. Clear fuel from the area while the fire is approaching and then lie face down in the depression and cover yourself.

On a steep mountaintop, the back side is safer.

AVOID:

Canyons: They form natural chimneys and concentrate heat, gases, and updrafts.

Saddles: Vegetation normally ignites first in these wide, natural paths that are ideal for fire storms and winds.