At least 50 major wildfires burning in states across the western U.S. including Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, California and Wyoming, are threatening homes, communities and precious national resources, and with more than 19,000 firefighters fighting the blazes, they continue to task the resources of federal, state and local fire agencies.
We urge that people planning to visit the parks should check with the National Park Service to see which areas are closed and possibly unsafe for visitors.Ready, Set, Go! Program offers guidance and steps you can take before, during and after you’ve been asked to leave the area. NFPA’s own emergency planning webpage also provides great information including what items to include in your emergency supply kit and how to create and practice an emergency plan.
For those living further away from the fires, the Firewise website provides simple action steps that can help keep your home safer in the event the fire nears your area. Don’t know where to start? NFPA has a Firewise homeowner’s checklist and a page devoted to the basics of defensible space that offers easy-to-follow steps that can be done in a relatively short amount of time with very minimal funds.
Want to learn more about wildfire safety activities? Please contact NFPA's wildland fire division. Additional information, statistics and the status of wildfires across the west can also be found on the National Interagency Fire Center website.