Wildfires are spontaneous, unpredictable and dangerous hazards that cause devastation to Californian lives, property and community. Each year, the state of California sees devastating impacts from wildfires which last for years. It is important for all communities to prepare for wildfires, even if you do not live within a high fire danger area. The City of Santa Monica does not face a significant wildfire threat, but it is possible that Santa Monicans may be affected by secondary impacts from fires within the Santa Monica Mountains and surrounding areas. If a wildfire occurs near the Santa Monica area, residents may be impacted by evacuations, freeway closures, utility disruptions, and poor air quality. Even if you are not in a wildfire area, we encourage everyone to prepare for wildfires. Here are some tips:
- READY: Know the risk of places you visit and avoid these areas when under Red Flag conditions. Check the Fire Risk at your California camping sites or hiking trails at myhazards.caloes.ca.gov. When in areas with wildfire risk, have an escape plan with two evacuation routes out of the area.
- SET: If a wildland fire threatens your area, prepare to leave. Always have a small disaster kit in your car and always travel with at least half a tank of gasoline. Sign up for emergency alerts in the areas that you frequent or travel to, especially if they are prone to wildland fires.
- GO: Evacuate early or evacuate immediately when told to do so. Follow public safety official directions.
If you are going out into the mountains for a hike or camping, "Know, before you go." Prior to leaving home, check the status of the location you will be visiting to find out what restrictions and guidelines are in place. Knowledge of the area, weather, terrain, physical limitation and a sense of general safety can help ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. If wildfires are burning nearby, please cancel your visit. To gather more information about incidents within the area, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/incidents or www.lacounty.gov/emergency.
For more information on wildfire preparedness, please visit CAL Fire Prepare for Wildfire site: www.readyforwildfire.org.
Learn more about preparing for other Santa Monica hazards here.