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Wildfire is coming, are you READY?

Wildfire risks in California continue to rise annually. It is becoming more apparent that we are entering another period of drought, and this just after surviving a record-breaking fire season last year.

Just like our statement regarding earthquakes, it’s not a matter of “if” but more a matter of “when.”

Living within the Woodside Fire Protection District, we are fortunate enough to drive through lush forests, and beautiful vegetation. But this beauty comes with risk, and we must work together and take action to reduce our wildfire risk to our homes and the community.


Did you know that EMBERS are the #1 threat to a home during a wildfire? When we think about wildfire, we often think of a huge wall of fire approaching….but in reality embers are what ignite homes. When wind combines with heat from a wildfire it can carry embers miles away from the fire perimeter. Once they land on your home, they will find the vulnerabilities in your homes defense. By understanding this you put yourself in a better position to mitigate potential weaknesses.




Understanding the Risk to Homes
- Don Bullard, WFPD Fire Marshal

Media narratives often portray wildfire as a disastrous inferno, a 100-foot wall of flames raging toward our homes. But the real culprits of home loss and community devastation are much less dramatic embers flying well in advance of a wildfire front.

Embers are responsible for up to 90% of home destruction during wildfire. Landing on flammable materials – such as dry shrubs, wood roofs, decks, firewood piles and even vehicles – the small ignition points quickly spread and become larger individual spot fires. In turn, as the multitude of spot fires grow, they amass and intensify. Then, together with quick-moving surface fires, they can engulf and destroy homes.

Recognizing that many homes burn down from fire ignited by embers and not an all-consuming wildfire front simplifies the challenge of creating fire-adapted communities. By directing mitigation measures to the 100-foot zone surrounding – commonly known as the Home Ignition Zone – as well as the home itself, chances of improving survivability during a wildfire greatly increase.

Enhancing the defensible space and wildfire-resistance of individual homes not only reduces the risk of that home’s ignition, but also home-to-home ignitions, and equips the larger neighborhood to better withstand wildfire spread. As a result, firefighters can focus on individual home ignitions and not become overwhelmed by multiple homes burning simultaneously, which can lead to larger and more disastrous neighborhood conflagrations.




Get prepared for wildfire before it strikes by following Ready, Set, Go!    Go there now.


Your WPV-Ready Wildfire Awareness Program is built on the Ready, Set, Go! program that has been the core of Cal Fire's public awareness effort for years, at their website,


Many links on these pages will take you to a resource there.  It is a great site to be familiar with.  The pages here on our WPV-Ready website include all of the local information that will help you make the most out of CalFire and other wide-area resources.


We are working as a team with many local agencies, to use one voice to get the message out about wildfire risks and what we can each do to be safer.  Thank you all for your help in spreading the word.





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Download Wildfire is Coming, Are You Ready?

Download Wildfire is Coming, Are You Set?

Download Wildfire is Coming, Are You Ready to Go! 

Download the California Fire Safe Council's Home Hardening brochure.

Download the California Fire Safe Council's Defensible Space brochure.

Download the Homeowner's Checklist to make your home fire-resistant inside and out.


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