Forest fires do not burn evenly, but rather follow terrain and vegetation.
It is not uncommon for the fire to nearly surround an area, then burn inwards. Being stuck to traveling on roads just increases your chance of being trapped in such an area, cut off from before and behind, if you wait too long to bug out.
Your number one defense against any forest fire is getting out of dodge as quick as you can. That’s got to be your focus; so do everything you can to accomplish it. But what if you can’t? What if your information is inaccurate and you find that you are cut off? What do you to then, so that you can survive the fire?
There are two major concerns with any forest fire; the fire itself and asphyxiation.
Fires happen everywhere, so…
Even if it may seem far-fetched for the average Joe taxpayer, getting caught in a burning building is a relatively common occurrence in modern-day America, hence acquiring the skills and/or the intel on how to survive such an unpleasant scenario should rank high on any respectable prepper’s bucket-list.
To begin with, let me throw a bunch of statistics at you, to make you understand that today’s topic is as serious as it gets.
For example, fires cause more than 7 billion dollars in damage each year in the United States, as fire departments respond to more than 300,000 home fires. Again, each and every year. To put things into a grimmer perspective, 2600+ Americans die each year from fires, and more than 13,000 are injured.
Extra tips for surviving a fire
Our environment continues to change, so you can expect more massive fires in areas where they may not have happened before. That’s why you need to be ready to escape from massive fire no matter where you live.
If you are prepping on a budget, you might not afford expensive options. But there are things you can do to protect your assets in case of a huge fire like those that California is facing right now, and be ready to leave your home in your search for safety.