How to survive a wildfire
If you’re not yet convinced that you’ll be able to survive the fire season in 2018, here’s some advice to get you started.
“Don’t let yourself get too scared.
Don’t get caught in the trap of trying to predict what is coming next,” said Bob Stauffer, a retired fire fighter who spent more than 30 years as a fire fighter and now works for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
“We are constantly looking for ways to improve our firefighting techniques.
We have to continue to be prepared.
We just have to be smarter about it.”
Stauffer said that firefighting in the early stages can be “like playing the lottery” because many times, you can’t predict what the weather will be like next.
“But if you do your homework and get smart about it, you’ll get through this,” he said.
A lot of people think they’re going to be lucky if they survive the wildfire season, Staufer said.
“That’s really not true.
You can’t just be lucky and survive the season,” he added.
The big picture, according to Stauffers advice, is that we’re all going to die in the fire seasons.
“The next few months will be very stressful,” he cautioned.
“Every fire season is different, and the best strategy is to plan for the worst.”
He suggested getting to know the fires that are already burning in your area before deciding whether to stay put or move.
“It’s important to know that the fire you’re fighting is the largest, fastest-burning wildfire in the state, and you will burn through a lot of homes and crops,” he told Fox Sports.
“If you are staying put, stay home until the fire is contained.
If you are moving, be prepared for the possibility of an evacuation.
You have to plan.”
The Federal Emergency Operations Center in Sacramento, California, has issued a Red Flag Warning for the Sacramento area, and fires burning along the Sacramento River and Interstate 80 are burning through more than a million acres of land.
“This is a huge, dangerous fire situation,” the center said.
Firefighters have been battling the fires on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta since Monday, and are continuing to battle the blaze along the Delta.
The firefighting effort continues in the San Joaquin River Valley, where more than 20 wildfires are burning, and in the northern portion of the state.
Stauffer has also been monitoring the progress of the fires in the Central Valley.
“They are all in some way threatened by the fire,” he wrote in his book, “The Fire of the Gods.”
“They have been in a constant state of fire, burning through forests, shrublands, grasslands and brush, destroying structures and homes.
And this is just the beginning.”
Stamper told FoxSports.com that there’s still a lot we don’t know about the fire.
“What we know is that the flames are expanding and they are spreading.
They are starting to affect agricultural land and grazing lands and it is increasing in intensity,” he explained.
“Firefighters and emergency officials are doing everything they can to control the fire, but it’s still going to get worse.”
Stu Williams, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, told FoxNews.com, “It has been a challenging wildfire season in California and the fires have increased in intensity.
We’re working around the clock to make sure the fires are contained, protect communities and ensure that our residents have access to safe drinking water and sanitation.”
Stouffer’s book was released last week, and he said that while he’s not going to go into great detail about the wildfires, the fires will be more severe this year than last, but the wildfire situation is changing dramatically. “
A lot more people are staying home than expected and the situation is still unfolding in the Delta.”
Stouffer’s book was released last week, and he said that while he’s not going to go into great detail about the wildfires, the fires will be more severe this year than last, but the wildfire situation is changing dramatically.
He told Fox that this year’s fires will not be as destructive as last year’s, but that “we’re getting ready to fight the fires.”