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Wildland Fire preparation tips from the Grand County Wildfire Council and your local Fire Departments

A fact of living in the high country is the annual threat of wildland fire, and when wildfire strikes, you may have only minutes to escape. At that point, you won’t have time to think about what to take with you, much less time to protect your home and possessions.

The Grand County Wildfire Council and your local fire departments are urging residents to take steps NOW to be prepared in case of a major wildland fire. FIRST, prepare an evacuation kit and keep it in your vehicle May through November. Also, make sure every member of your household knows how to reach each other in case of an evacuation. Designate an out-of-town friend or relative as a contact. Cell phones may not work during a catastrophe. SECOND, document your valuable possessions by taking photos of them and storing them in a cloud-based site or in a safety deposit box. Do the same with copies of vital documents such as birth certificates, titles, and social security cards. THIRD, schedule an annual review with your insurance agent to determine if your coverage is adequate – not only for property loss but for total replacement and rebuilding, and possible temporary relocation. LASTLY, make sure you have created and maintained defensible space following the NFPA’s Firewise guidelines. This is the area that creates a buffer between your home and a wildfire, and can function as a safe zone for firefighters. For more information contact your local fire department or visit http://www.firewise.org.

“Also, make sure every member of your household knows how to reach each other in case of an evacuation.”