By Scott Freeman, Carson Fire Chief
The possibility of a wildfire in our community is on all of our minds right now. New Mexico has a Ready, Set, Go! program to plan for an appropriate degree of preparedness.
The Ready, Set, Go! (RSG) program is managed by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and seeks to make a difference in communities faced with wildland fire threats by saving lives and property.
Read more about the RSG Program here.
The Ready, Set, Go! (RSG) program helps us
- Be Ready with preparedness understanding,
- Be Set with awareness when fire threatens, and
- To Go, acting early when a wildfire starts.
Here’s a link to a map that shows the areas in the Planning, Ready, Set and Go! stages. Carson is now in the Planning Stage, in gray on the map, which goes just before Be Ready.
Maintain an adequate defensible space around your home.
- Clear dry brush and vegetation away from the outside of your home starting in the 5-foot zone and working your way out to the 100–200-foot zone.
- Consider fire resistant landscaping and hardening your home with fire-resistant building materials.
Prepare yourself and your home for the possibility of evacuation BEFORE wildfire arrives. Follow these simple steps to get “Set”:
- Create a Wildfire Action Plan that includes evacuation planning for your home, family and pets
- Assemble an Emergency Supply Kit for each person in your household
- Fill out a Family Communication Plan that includes important evacuation and contact information
- Stay informed by following local media, local fire alerts, and county emergency notifications.
If there is an active wildfire in your area, be prepared before it’s time to Go!
- If time allows, review your Wildfire Action Plan and complete the Pre-Evacuation Preparation Steps in the RSG guide.
- Load your emergency supply kit and evacuation bags (including pet kits) into your vehicle and park facing the road for a quick exit.
- You don’t need to wait for an evacuation order. If you feel threatened, then evacuate early.
- When an evacuation order is issued, there is no time to waste. Ensure your bags and kit are in your vehicle, locate and load your pets, wear clothing that will protect you against heat and flying embers, and GO!
Carson Fire Evacuation Plan
If you haven’t yet signed up to the Carson Fire Evacuation Plan, so that we can contact you by text in the event of an emergency, now would be a good time to do so. Simply click here and complete the online form.
See you on June 4th
Be sure to attend the Carson Firewise Community Meeting on Saturday June 4th at noon at the Carson Fire Station. We’ll have the Agenda to you this weekend.