More and more people are making their homes in areas adjacent to grasslands, as well as rural wooded sites around Sacramento. There, homeowners and visitors enjoy the beauty of the environment but face the very real danger of wildfire outbreaks. Wildfires spread quickly, igniting brush, trees and homes. Plan with your family where you would go and what you would do if your home is threatened by wildfire. The American Red Cross offers these recommendations:

- People, either intentionally or accidentally, start most wildfires. Find out how you can promote and practice fire safety.
- Contact your local fire department, health department or forestry office for information on local fire laws.
- Make sure that firefighting vehicles can reach your home.
- Clearly mark all driveway entrances, and display your name and address.
- Report hazardous conditions that could cause a wildfire.
- Teach children about fire safety. Keep matches out of their reach.
- Plan several escape routes away from your home by car and by foot.
- Plan how the neighborhood could work together to prevent and respond to wildfires. Consider how you could help neighbors with special needs.
- Regularly clean roof and gutters.
- Inspect chimneys at least once a year, and equip each with a spark arrestor.
- Install a smoke detector on each level of the house; test it monthly, and change batteries at least once a year.
- Teach family members how to use a fire extinguisher, and show them where it is kept.
- Keep a ladder that will reach the roof.
- Consider installing protective shutters or heavy fire-resistant drapes.
- Keep on hand household items that can be used as fire tools — a rake, axe, handsaw, chain saw, bucket and shovel.
- Design and landscape your home with wildfire safety in mind.
- Select materials and plants that can help contain rather than fuel a fire.
- Create a 30- to 100-foot safety zone around your home.
- Mow grass regularly, rake leaves, and remove dead limbs and twigs. Clear all flammable vegetation.
- Thin a 15-foot space between tree crowns, and remove limbs within 15 feet of the ground. Remove dead branches that extend over the roof, and vines that have grown onto the house.
- Stack firewood at least 100 feet away and uphill from your home.
- Place stove, fireplace and grill ashes in a metal bucket, soak them in water for two days, and bury the cold ashes in soil.
- Store gasoline, oily rags and other flammable materials in approved safety cans in a safe location away from the base of the building.

Reserve Resources

Fiire Team POCS

Team Lead:

​MSgt Zachariah Woodbridge, First Sergeant
DSN: 837-2236 / Comm: (707) 424-2236
Cell: (707)688-5365
​First Sergeant Lead: ​SMSgt Lan Archilla, First Sergeant
DSN: 837-1611 / Comm:  707-424-1611
Cell:  707-816-0337
​WSA: Maj Ashish Patel
MSgt Brenda Whitley
TSgt Daniel Poole
DSN:  837-3923 / Comm:  707-424-3923
​MSG: ​Capt David Nguyen
DSN:  837-1612 / Comm: 707-424-1612
​MXG: ​SMSgt Matthew Parker
DSN:  837-3961 / Comm:  707-424-3961
​OG: ​CMSgt Patrick Tiaffay
DSN:  837-4175 / Comm:  707-424-4175
​D&TF: ​MSgt Amy Adams
Cell:  312-837-0986
​Family Readiness Center ​Mr. Loren Nickell
DSN:  837-7600 /  Comm:  707-424-7600

United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development office also offers disaster assistance for those affected by the fires.

Check the link below to see if you are eligible for help:


When wildfires threaten

- Listen to your battery-operated
radio for updates and instructions.

- Back your car into the garage
or park in an open space facing
the direction of escape.

- Leave the keys in the ignition
(but use caution to avoid locking
yourself out).

- Close garage windows and
doors, but leave them unlocked.

- Confine pets to one room and
make plans to care for them if
you must evacuate 

- Arrange temporary housing
outside the threatened area.

-Close house windows, vents,
blinds and heavy drapes.

- Remove lightweight curtains
that could ignite quickly.

- Shut off gas at the meter, and
turn off pilot lights and propane

- Open the fireplace damper
and close fireplace screens.

- Move flammable furniture into

- Place lawn sprinklers on the
roof and near above–ground
fuel tanks.

- Wet the roof.

- Wet or remove shrubs within
15 feet of the home.

- Gather your home disaster supplies

- If advised to evacuate, do so
immediately. Watch for changes
in the speed and direction
of fires and smoke.