by Angelina Angelo
1 in 6 Americans live in areas of high wildfire risk. It's not a question of if you will experience a wildfire. It is a question of when. To prepare for a wildfire, you can: (a) learn about alternative evacuation routes in case the usual routes are compromised; (b) fireproof your home; (c) develop an emergency plan.
Environmental Health Sciences Center Research
UC Davis Researchers have been working with communities across California to study the impact of wildfires on survivors since 2017. To learn more about our ongoing research, visit the Wildfire Research webpage. If you are interested in participating in our research, you can find more information here.
To explore the data we have collected and analyzed thus far, visit our Interactive wildfire map.
Emmy Nominated Film: Waking up to Wildfires
Waking up to Wildfires is an Emmy-nominated documentary by Paige Bierma in collaboration with the EHSC. The film tells the stories of people most affected by the 2017 North Bay wildfires: survivors, firefighters, public health officials, community groups, and EHSC scientists.
View the full Waking up to Wildfires Film here.
Are you Ready for Wildfire?
Below are resources from CalFire to help prepare and protect your family before the upcoming wildfire season.
- Create a Wildfire Family Action Plan with CalFire
- Wildfire Emergency Supply Kit with CalFire
- Download the CalFire Ready for Wildfire App
Protect your Home
Wildfires will always be in California's landscape, but hardening your home to prepare for these disasters is possible. One of the most important things to do, according to CalFire, is to manage vegetation around your home and access roads. The fire is a threat to structures, but so are embers that are carried by air and can ignite new fires in or on your home. You can minimize this risk by clearing vegetation and roads to allow access to emergency vehicles. If you are ordered to evacuate due to fire, gather flammable items from outside and place them in your garage or pool. This includes outdoor furniture, children's outdoor toys, doormats, bikes, moveable planters, and trashcans.
- Defensible Space with CalFire
- Hardening your Home with CalFire
- Preparing Landscaping with UC Agriculture and Natural Resources
- Preparing your Home with UC Agriculture and Natural Resources
Pets and Wildfire
Wildfires create a crisis for not only people but pets and animals too. Wildfire smoke affects pets no less than it affects humans. Do you have a plan in place to evacuate your pets or farm animals? Use the resources below to create a plan to save your whole family, pets included.
- EHSC Article: Wildfires: protecting animals and pets
- Wildfire Smoke and Animals with American Veterinary Medical Association
- Animal Evacuation with CalFire
In addition to exploring these resources, we recommend you download the CalFire App and sign up for text alerts for immediate wildfire and evacuation notices.