SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego County officials have three words when it comes to wildfires: ready, set, and go.
The Office of Emergency Services is calling on residents to take steps before a disaster to protect their homes and the safety of their families.
During a wildfire, defensible space can also make your home easier for firefighters to protect. State law requires you to create 100 feet of defensible space around your home. In addition to maintaining the lawn, trees and shrubs may need to be pruned or removed. Learn more here.
Your home’s address should also be visible to emergency vehicles, whether the number is painted on the curb in front of your home or prominent near your front door or garage.
Preparing your family for a wildfire also involves creating an emergency kit, practicing evacuation routes, and signing up for Alert San Diego to receive notifications. Learn more here.
You can also download the free SD Emergency app for your phone.
“Do not wait to be advised to leave if there is a possible threat to your home or evacuation route,” county officials say.
Roads that are open may close as fire approaches. To avoid being caught in smoke or road congestion leave early.
“If you are advised to leave by local authorities, do not hesitate! Doing so will not only support your safety, but will allow firefighters to best maneuver resources to combat the fire,” officials say.