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Wildfire – Returning Home Can Be As Dangerous As Leaving

MARIPOSA — Though residents of the Bootjack and Mormon Bar areas are the ones to have been displaced by wildfire so far, this is going to be a very active fire season, and your family could be next.

The repopulation of a community after the fire has gone through can be just as hectic as when residents are told to evacuate.

Once a wildfire has burned through an area, you may return home to many unseen, unknown dangers. Cal Fire wants to keep you safe when bringing your family back home after an evacuation:

  • Watch for emergency and utility vehicles working in the area.
  • If possible, minimize travel through areas where crews are working.
  • Drive slowly. Debris or damage from the fire on roads and driveways can be dangerous.
  • Trees and brush could have been weakened by the fire and may lose limbs or fall.
  • Rocks loosened by fire may roll and crumble. If rocks have rolled down a slope, expect more to follow.
  • White ash is evidence of hot material. Smoldering holes in the ground can be full of hot coals.
  • Check the well and pump house to ensure it is in working order.
  • Utility poles may have been weakened by the fire.
  • Check gutters, decks, crawl spaces and the attic, woodpiles and debris piles for embers.
  • Look at the electric meter. If there is any visible damage DO NOT attempt to turn the breaker on.
  • If there is any damage to the gas meter, gas lines, or propane tank do not attempt to repair or turn on these services. Call your local propane company or utility.
  • If there are electrical wires on the ground stay clear and contact your local utility immediately.
  • If the electricity is off, make sure all appliances are off. If there is no damage to the building and the meter you may turn on the circuit breaker.
  • Check if the phone, security system and alarms are working.
  • Contact 911 if any danger is perceived.
  • Please call PG&E with any questions or concerns regarding utilities. 1-800-743-5000.

For more information visit ReadyForWildfire.org. Download the ReadyForWildfire App at google play or the App Store to receive wildfire alerts in your area.

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