Lane County Emergency Management advises community members to be aware of potential fire hazard as various weather patterns increase fire danger throughout the state.
What to do:
- If indoors, get out and stay out
- Get as low to the ground as possible and crawl to the nearest exit
- Always check doors before opening. If the door, door nob, or crack is hot, do not open it – find another way out. If the door is cool, pass through quickly and close the door behind you.
- Evacuate immediately if asked to do so and cooperate with public safety personnel
- Move down slope if fire is burning in a hilly or mountainous area
- Cover nose and mouth with clothing or other piece of cloth to protect from smoke and ash
Defend Against Wildfire:
- Keep a 30-foot defensible space clearing around the house
- Remove fire fuel from around your home such as tall grass, brush, dead tree limbs and other vegetation and properly dispose of the debris.
- Remove leaves and other tree dropping from your roof and yard
- Remove combustible materials and firewood from under decks and porches
- Create fuel breaks by installing driveways, concrete patios, gravel walkways and lawns around your home
Lane County residents can sign up to receive emergency alerts directly to a cell phone at http:/www.lcog.org/alertme.
Prepared by: Linda Cook, Emergency Manager 541-682-6744