Wildfire Readiness

Prepare for Wildfire with Ready, Set, Go!

CalFire Ready Set Go website

Download the Ready Brochure in PDF format

These recommendations were developed and are provided by Cal Fire and include:

One Less Spark – One Less Wildfire

95% of all wildfires are caused by the activities of people. Help to prevent wildfire – Learn more about how to prevent “sparks.”


Red Flag WarningRed Flag Warnings

A Red Flag Warning means that there is an increased risk for fire danger due to warm temperatures, very low humidity, and stronger winds. The following activities are strongly discouraged when Red Flag Warning has been issued:

  1. Never mow or trim dry grass during a red flag warning because a power tool could spark on a rock and start a grass fire. It is not recommended even on windy, dry, hot days.
  2. No wood or charcoal campfires in forests during periods of high fire danger.
  3. Thoroughly extinguish all cigarettes and smoking material.
  4. Don’t pull your vehicle over in grass as it can spark a grass fire. If necessary, pull over on paved roads.
  5. Use spark arrestors on portable gasoline-powered equipment to avoid an accidental fire.
  6. Properly maintain vehicles to prevent starting fires along roads due to sparks or flammable materials being spit out from the catalytic converter system.
  7. Ensure trailer chains don’t drag on the ground and spark.
  8. The shooting of firearms is unsafe during periods of high fire hazards.
  9. Use extreme caution with welding or blowtorch projects.
  10. Burning plant cuttings on high fire danger days is unsafe.

Hi-lo Sirens

Red Warning lightBeside knocking at your doors, the Deputies will also use hi-lo sirens. When you hear the hi-lo siren, pay attention. Listen for instructions from first responders. To learn more, watch the Evacuation Preparation Video

Power Shutoffs

Power OutagePG&E will shut down electrical power to certain areas during times of high risk of wildfire to protect the public. Power could be out for a number of days depending on conditions.

For information about how to prepare and sign up for notifications, and what to expect, please see Power Shutoffs.

VIDEO REPLAY - Windsor Community Preparedness Webinar

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Watch a replay of the Windsor Community Preparedness Webinar hosted by the Town of Windsor. Learn from the following professionals about this year’s wildfire season and PG&E power shutoff in the COVID-19 environment:

Moderated by:

  • Ken MacNab, Town Manager

Guest Speakers:

  • Dr. Nancy Brown, Community Preparedness Program Manager - Sonoma County Department of Emergency Management 
  • Sam Wallis, Community Alert & Warning Manager - Sonoma County Department of Emergency Management
  • Chief Cyndi Foreman, Division Chief / Fire Marshal - Sonoma County Fire District
  • Sergeant Brent Kidder, Sergeant - Windsor Police 
  • Mark Scott, Executive Director - North Bay Animal Services

Topics:

  • Overall Preparedness
  • Alert & Warnings
  • Wildfire Season
  • Evacuation Planning
  • Pet Preparedness

VIDEOS:

  • Watch per speaker video here.
  • Watch gallery of speakers video including American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter here.