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

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

Get Set

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


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

Palo Alto Wildfire Planning Map

The map featured below 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.

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Wildfire Urban Interface Planning Map Key