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Fire Safety

Reducing Wildfire Risk

Reducing wildfire risk defensible space

Many homes in the East Bay are in the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI), the zone where residential areas and wildland meet.

During a wildfire, there are three threats to a building: wind-borne embers, radiant heat, and direct flame contact. When considering the vulnerability of your home or business to wildfire, you need to evaluate and address all three potential threats.

Three key measures to protecting yourself, your family and property are:

1.  Creating a defensible space zones around your home.
2.  Fire proofing the inside and outside of your home.
3.  Creating an evacuation plan in the event of a fire.                                           

Here are some links that will provide more information on how you can reduce the vulnerability of your home in the event of a fire:

Fire Safe Council: Get Ready for Fire Season Link Adobe Acrobat PDF

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):  Wild Fire- Are You Prepared? Link

Wildfire Preparedness Link

Homeowners Checklist Link Adobe Acrobat PDF

Fire Safety Video


Park district firefighter gives tips to prevent fires in the parks.

Wildfire Lessons

Firefighting is a rewarding profession, but there are many risks involved in responding to all the duties of a firefighter. When an incident occurs in the line of duty, it is documented and shared at Wildfirelessons.com. In sharing these stories, the desire is to educate the public on some of the realities firefighters face and to share with firefighters how these incidents can be avoided in the future.