IF YOU ARE CAUGHT IN THE OPEN:
- The best temporary shelter is in a sparse fuel area.
- When in an automobile, move it to the barest possible ground. Close all windows and doors. Lie on the floor and cover yourself with a jacket or blanket. Keep calm and let the fire pass.
- If a road is nearby, lie face down along the road cut or the ditch on the uphill side. Cover yourself with anything that will shield you from the fire’s heat.
- When hiking in the back country, seek a depression with sparse fuel. Clear fuel from the area while the fire is approaching and then lie face down in the depression and cover yourself.
- On a steep mountaintop, the back side is safer.
Canyons: They form natural chimneys and concentrate heat, gases, and updrafts.
Saddles: Vegetation normally ignites first in these wide, natural paths that are ideal for fire storms and winds.