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You’ve taken steps to keep your family and home fire safe. 


With some advance planning you can increase their chances of surviving a wildland fire.

Do not wait until the last minute to start evacuating!

Don’t forget your livestock!

  • Clear defensible space around your barns, pastures and property just as you do your home.  PRC 4291 requires clearance around all structures on your property.

  • Plan ahead, know where you would evacuate the animals Contact your local fairgrounds. stockyards equestrian centers, friends etc. about their policies and ability to take livestock temporarily in an emergency.  Have several evacuation routes in mind.  If you don’t have your own truck and trailer, make arrangements with local companies or neighbors before disaster strikes.  Make sure your neighbors have your contact numbers (Cell phone, work, home, etc.).

  • Have vaccination/ medical records, registration papers and photographs of your animals (proof of ownership) and your Disaster Preparedness Kit.

  • If you must leave your animals, leave them in a preselected, cleared area. Leave enough hay for 48 to 72 hours. Do not rely on automatic watering systems. Power may be lost.

  • Hay, feed and water for three days

  • Non-nylon leads and halters

  • First aid items

  • Wire cutters and a sharp knife

  • Hoof pick

  • Leg wraps

  • Shovel

  • Water buckets

  • Plastic trash barrel with a lid

  • Portable radio and extra batteries

  • Flashlights

During a wildland fire, local animal rescue organizations work with law enforcement and fire departments to rescue as many animals as they can. In battling a wildfire, firefighters will do what they can but they are not responsible for evacuating your livestock. Firefighters may cut fences or open gates to free trapped animals.

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