Law enforcement uses a 3, 2, 1 system for alerting residents of nearby fires. These notices will likely be delivered in person or via emergency alerts to your phone.

Level 1: Get ready.

A wildfire is in your area. Monitor reports from emergency websites and local media, and consider planning and packing in case evacuation becomes necessary.

Level 2: Get set.

Be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice. Pack necessary items into a vehicle. Evacuate anyone with medical or mobility issues, livestock or large animals to a safe place now. Remember the 6 Ps: A plan for the family, including a meeting place; personal items; prescriptions, photographs and other mementos; pets; important papers.

Level 3: Go.

Residents are advised to leave. Drive safely and slowly with your lights on, and remain aware of your surroundings.

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