The danger of being trapped or burned over and possibly killed or seriously injured by a wildfire is a very real threat for people living, working or visiting rural areas subject to wildfires. Sometimes there may be no chance to easily escape an approaching wildfire. Injuries can be minimized or avoided by adhering to certain fundamental principles and procedures:
• Select an area that won’t burn – the bigger the better – or failing that, with the least amount of combustible material and one that offers the best microclimate (depression in the ground).
• Use every means possible to protect yourself from radiant and convective heat emitted by flames (boulders, rock outcrops, large downed logs, tees, etc.).
• Protect your airways from heat at all costs and try to minimize smoke exposure.
• Try to remain as calm as possible.
There are four fundamental techniques available to someone who is caught out in the open by a wildfire. The four survival options in no particular order of priority are:
• Retreat from the fire and reach a safe-haven
• Burn out a safety area
• Hunker in place
• Pass through the fire edge into the burned-out area
If you live in an area where wildfires are a threat you should make plans beforehand and map escape routes both by road and by foot. Part of that plan should be to include a Wildfire Survival Kit and First Aid Kit. They will become valuable resources if you find yourself faced with an emergency of this type.
Wildfire Emergency Kit
The food and water in this kit will comfortably provide you with adequate nutrition for one day without access to additional supplies. These products have a 5 year shelf life.In the event of a power outage caused by disaster you’ll have independent access to your own means of lighting and communication with the outside world. The supplies will provide protection from outside weather forces. They will protect you from wind, sun, rain, and many other conditions you may encounter. The items are designed to be useful in disaster situations. They will be a valuable resource when you find yourself faced with navigation, transport, personal protection, or shelter troubles.