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Wildfire Preparedness

We are all very aware of the number of wildfires currently burning in the State of California.  Since the beginning of the year, the number of acres burned across the state has topped 100,000, more than twice the average of the past five years (Fire Incident Information). That's more than burned in all of 2014 and we’re just entering peak fire season September-October.

When evacuation is necessary time is of the essence.  Remember, material things can be replaced – family members cannot!

Living with Fire in Sonoma County

This Homwowners Guide not only applies to Sonoma County but to all forested rural and urban/rural areas throughout the state and much of the country.

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  • The Three R’s of Defensible Space:  Removal, Reduction, and Replacement
  • How to determine and create an effective defensible space
  • Types of dead vegetation and recommended practice for removal
  • Defensible space zones – There are 3 specific defensible space zones: 
    • Home Ignition Zone
    • Defensible Space Zone surrounding your home
    • Wildland Reduction Zone
  • Fire Safe Landscape Design, including a list of fire wise plants, shrubs & trees
  • Fire wise Construction Checklist – is your home ignition prone?

MOST IMPORTANTLY – look at the last two pages of the Homeowners Guide Titled “If Wildfire Approaches”. Complete the checklist so you and your family are ready for any wildfire emergency.
There is a checklist for each category listed below.

  • Pre-Fire & Emergency Preparations
  • When a wildfire approaches what should I have with me?
  • What about family members and pets or livestock?
  • How should I prepare my car?
  • What should I take?
  • How should I leave my home?
  • What about the outside of my home?

Contact Information

James Williams
Fire Marshal

Permit and Resource Management Department

County of Sonoma

Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
2300 County Center Drive
Suite 220 B
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.46229, -122.725377

Wildfire Prevention

Fire Safe Sonoma

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Living With Fire Sonoma County