Farmers/Ranchers

Introductory Video


Introductory Video

Defensible Space


Defensible Space

 
 
 

Orchards - Get Ready


Orchards - Get Ready

 
 
 
  • Remove leaf litter, twigs and weeds from around tree trunks for a distance of two to three feet.
  • Prune low-hanging limbs.
  • Clean the orchard of dead branches, firewood and other combustible material.
  • Create defensible space around the orchard.
  • Activate the irrigation
 

Orchards - Get Ready


Orchards - Get Ready

 
 
 
  • Install a lock-box near your entrance, containing spare gate keys, combinations and property maps for firefighters, with water sources and roads clearly marked.
  • Reinforce bridges to make them capable of supporting the weight of a fire engine or heavy-duty bulldozer and clearly mark weight limitations at the bridge site.
  • Prune trees and vegetation back from roads so fire engines have access to the entire property. The height standard for clearance is 13.5 feet.
  • Create a safe zone clear of all vegetation for farm equipment.
  • Properly mark all storage areas used for chemicals or hazardous materials. 
 

Livestock & Animals - Get Ready


Livestock & Animals - Get Ready

 
 
 
  • Create a livestock evacuation plan.
  • Ensure proper registration and branding of livestock.
  • Establish a contingency plan for feeding livestock if grazing land is destroyed by fire.
 

Your Family & Workers - Get Ready


Your Family & Workers - Get Ready

 
 
 
  • Create a Wildfire Action Plan that includes meeting locations and communications plans and rehearse it regularly.
  • Know your evacuation routes and have more than one from both your primary residence and headquarters.
  • Assemble an emergency supply kit as recommended by the Red Cross.
  • Keep an emergency supply kit in all ranch and personal vehicles.

If Fire is Approaching - Get Set


If Fire is Approaching - Get Set

 
 
 
  • Apply sprinkler water for as long as possible in advance of the fire’s arrival.
  • Monitor storage areas for embers landing near pallets, boxes, etc.
  • Monitor the radio, television and/or internet for fire and weather updates
  • More…
 

Leave Early - Go!


Leave Early - Go!

 
 
 

If You are Trapped


If You are Trapped

 
 
 
  • Wear appropriate clothing
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Patrol buildings and property for spot fires. Pay special attention to interior areas of orchards where embers may go unnoticed.
  • Fill sinks and tubs with water as an emergency supply.
  • Bring hoses inside to protect them from ember damage.
  • Take refuge inside a structure, away from outside walls.
  • Place wet towels under doors to keep smoke and embers out.
 

Thank You


Thank You