San Bernardino County is one of the most beautiful places to live, but for those
living in what are called "urban interface areas", it does not come without
risks. Fire is, and always has been, a natural part of this landscape. Wildfires
are now a year-round reality in San Bernardino County. This means that both firefighters
and residents have to be on heightened alert for the threat of wildfire.
Firefighters train hard and make countless preparations to be ready for a wildfire.
Residents need to do the same. Successfully preparing for a wildfire requires you
to take personal responsibility for protecting yourself, your family, and your property.
We have published this Ready, Set, Go! Personal Wildfire Action Plan to give you
the tips and tools to successfully prepare for a wildfire. It will give you guidance
on retrofitting your home with fire-resistive features. It will help you create
the necessary defensible space around your home. This publication will help you
prepare your home, yourself, and your family so that you can leave early, well ahead
of a fast-approaching wildfire.
It’s not a question of if, but when, the next wildfire will occur. With advance
planning and preparation, you can dramatically increase your safety and the survivability
of your property.