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Leave immediately if you receive a notification or alert to avoid being caught in fire, smoke or road congestion. Don’t wait to be ordered by authorities to leave if you are unsure, feel threatened, or lose power or communications. Law enforcement will direct the evacuation, and they will work to keep intersections open and moving, but their resources may be limited. Evacuating early (before evacuation is ordered) helps keep roads clear of congestion, and lets fire apparatus move more freely to do their job. If you are advised to leave, don’t hesitate!
All evacuation instructions provided by officials should be followed immediately for your safety.
Your primary evacuation route is usually the one you would take to the grocery store! Take the fastest and most familiar route to a wide, primary road on the valley floor, away from the fire if possible. Never evacuate uphill unless directed to do so by fire or law enforcement authorities. Don’t evacuate by fire road or “cross country” trails where you might be exposed to unburned vegetation.
*During an evacuation, law enforcement or emergency personnel may direct you to an alternate route. Always follow their directions.
Take the fastest & most protected route to a valley floor.
Carpool! Every seat should be filled!
Stay in your car or a refuge area if trapped.
Don’t panic in traffic - a wide road on the valley floor is one of the safest places you can be, even in traffic.
Media images of burned cars have left many California residents with the misconception that cars are highly vulnerable to wildfires. The opposite is true! Your car provides protection from heat, flames, smoke, and embers. You are MUCH MORE VULNERABLE when you are outside, exposed.
Take the car that is most capable of getting you out alive:
Your car provides a tremendous amount of protection. Made of glass and steel, it protects from hot gasses, embers, and radiant heat and as long as it stays on pavement, is extremely resistant to igniting if you remain on pavement!
With an AM/FM radio, air filtration and air conditioning, headlights, and protection from heat, your car is like a survival suit for wildfires.