Prepare For Wildfire: READY, SET, GO!



Whether you live in the Foothills of Palo Alto or the flatlands closer to the Bay, preparing for wildfires makes a lot of sense. The wildfire threat is significant across the Santa Cruz Mountain range and is highlighted in the Santa Clara County and Palo Alto local hazard mitigation plans. In the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI), there are over 130 residences, a handful of businesses, and public infrastructure that is at risk. The City of Palo Alto works every year to minimize the risk; we have a multi-functional team that works on our wildfire risk reduction programs. But, we can only do so much. Every property owner must take the steps to prepare for wildfires. Learn more with CAL FIRE's Ready, Set, Go resources below.  

 
Get Ready
Get Set   Go

 
GET READY: DEFENSIBLE SPACE AND HARDENING YOUR HOME

Create defensible space and harden your home to increase your home's chance of surviving a wildfire. Learn how (PDF)

   

GET SET: PREPARE TO EVACUATE BEFORE THE WILDFIRE

Use this guide (PDF) to prepare your evacuation plan and emergency supply kit.


   

GO: EVACUATE

Evacuate as soon as it is recommended by fire officials. Use this guide (PDF) to learn how to evacuate.

 

Palo Alto Wildfire Planning Map

This map is intended to assist you in planning to Get Set and Go. Know ahead of time the various evacuation routes from your property, and if you can’t evacuate, know the location of the nearest safety zone.

Map Key

 

When to Evacuate

Leave as soon as evacuation is recommended by fire officials. Don’t wait to be ordered by authorities to leave. In an intense wildfire, they may not have time to knock on every door. If you are advised to leave, don’t hesitate!

The terms “Voluntary” and “Mandatory” are often used to describe evacuation orders, however, some local jurisdictions may use other terminology such as “Precautionary” and “Immediate Threat.” These terms are used to alert you to the significance of the danger.

Know ahead of time how you're going to evacuate. Understand ALL the routes in and out of your neighborhood. If you can't leave using an evacuation route, know the nearest Safety Zone, an area relatively free from flammable vegetation or materials that provides refuge from a fire. The above planning map can be used to help your plan.

What to Do If You Become Trapped

WHILE IN YOUR VEHICLE
Park your vehicle in an area clear of vegetation.
Turn off the heater and air conditioner.
Close all vehicle windows and air vents.
Cover yourself with a wool or cotton blanket or jacket. 
Lie on vehicle floor.
Call 9-1-1 and give your location. 

WHILE ON FOOT
Go to an area clear of vegetation, a ditch or depression on level ground if possible.
Lie face down and cover up your body.
Call 9-1-1 and give your location. 

WHILE IN YOUR HOME
Keep your family together.
Call 9-1-1 and give your location. 
Fill sinks and tubs with cold water.
Keep doors and windows closed, but unlocked. 
Stay inside your house. 
Stay away from outside walls and windows.
Keep doors and windows closed, but unlocked.

Prepare For Wildfire Resources

             
Watches, Warnings, and Advisories for Santa Clara County
CAL FIRE Current Fires Map   Sign up for alerts and stay informed

 
NWS: WATCHES, WARNINGS, OR ADVISORIES FOR SANTA CLARA COUNTY

 

   

CAL FIRE: CURRENT FIRE MAP

 


   

SIGN UP FOR ALERTS AND STAY INFORMED

 
Be aware of possible utility disruption

 
PALO ALTO UTILITIES: BE AWARE OF POSSIBLE UTILITY DISRUPTION