Be Prepared for a Mudslide
If you are under a mudslide warning, find safe shelter right away.
- Evacuate early to avoid mudslide risk, even if evacuation is voluntary.
- Watch for signs of mudslide.
- LIsten for emergency information and alerts.
- Watch for flooding.
Public Health at Evacuation Centers and Shelters
The California Department of Public Health is working closely with Butte County and other counties affected by wildfires to monitor evacuation centers and shelters for contagious diseases such as Norovirus. CDPH is providing epidemiologic and laboratory support to monitor illness, as well as recommend control and prevention measures. In addition, CDPH is providing teams to support local health departments at shelters to support infection control assessments, and to train shelter staff to prevent and control transmission of infectious diseases.
For information regarding Norovirus, visit Norovirus.
To access the current list of evacuated CDPH Healthcare Facilities, please follow the link below. This includes information on evacuated patients and destinations.
2018 Facility Evacuations
Wildfire Safety and Air Quality
Wildfire Smoke FAQs
For information regarding Air Quality in your area, visit Air Quality.
For information on N95 Particulate Mask Use and Distribution Locations, visit Masks.
Wildfires often begin unnoticed. They spread quickly, igniting brush, trees and homes. Reduce your risk by preparing now – before wildfire strikes. Meet with your family to decide what to do and where to go if wildfires threaten your area.
Protect Yourself During a Wildfire
During a wildfire event, the first things you should protect are yourself and your loved ones. If you are ordered to evacuate your home or the area, do so immediately. All else is secondary.
When a wildfire is threatening your area, follow these guidelines:
- Listen to local area radio, or TV stations for the latest wildfire information.
- Be prepared to evacuate at a moment's notice.
- Make sure you have an emergency kit, complete with medications, copies of prescriptions and medical supplies.
- Track fires and find open shelters.
- Arrange to stay with family or friends outside the threatened area.
For more information, visit these websites:
California Wildfires Statewide Recovery Resources
The American Red Cross
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
AirNow: Fires - Current Conditions
Practice Wildfire Safety
People start most wildfires. Find out how you can promote and practice wildfire safety.
Contact your local fire department, health department or forestry office for information on fire laws. Make sure that fire vehicles can get to your home. Clearly mark all driveway entrances and display your name and address.
Report hazardous conditions that could cause a wildfire.
Teach children about fire safety. Keep matches out of their reach.
Post fire emergency telephone numbers.
Plan several escape routes away from your home – by car and by foot.
Talk to your neighbors about wildfire safety. Plan how the neighborhood could work together after a wildfire. Make a list of your neighbors’ skills (medical or technical). Consider how you could help neighbors who have special needs such as elderly or disabled persons. Make plans to take care of children who may be on their own if parents can’t get home.
Before Wildfire Threatens
Design and landscape your home with wildfire safety in mind. Select materials and plants that can help contain fire rather than fuel it. Use fire resistant or non-combustible materials on the roof and exterior structure of your home, or treat roofs, siding, decking or trim with UL-approved fire-retardant chemicals. Plant fire-resistant shrubs and trees. For example, hardwood trees are less flammable than pine, evergreen, eucalyptus or fir trees.
Create a 30-100 Foot Safety Zone Around Your Home
Within this area, you can take steps to reduce exposure to flames and radiant heat. Homes built in pine forests should have a minimum safety zone of 100 feet. If your home sits on a steep slope, standard protective measures may not be enough. Contact your local fire department or forestry office for additional information.
Rake leaves, dead limbs and twigs.
Remove leaves and rubbish from under structures.
Clear a 15-foot space between tree crowns, and remove limbs within 15 feet of the ground.
Remove dead branches that extend over the roof.
Trim tree branches and shrubs within 15 feet of a stovepipe or chimney outlet.
Ask the power company to clear branches from power lines.
Remove vines from the walls of the home.
Mow grass regularly.
Clear a 10-foot area around propane tanks and grills. Place a screen over the grill – use non-flammable material with mesh.
Regularly throw away newspapers and trash at an approved site. Follow local burning regulations.
Place any ashes in a metal bucket, soak in water for two days and then bury the ashes in mineral soil.
Store gasoline, oily rags and other flammable materials in approved safety cans. Place cans in a safe location away from buildings.
Stack firewood at least 100 feet away and uphill from your home. Use only UL-approved wood-burning devices.
Plan Your Water Needs
Identify and maintain an outside water source such as a small pond, cistern, well, swimming pool or hydrant.
Have a garden hose that is long enough to reach any area of the home and other buildings on your property.
Install freeze-proof exterior water outlets on at least two sides of your home. Install additional outlets at least 50 feet from the home.
Consider obtaining a portable gasoline powered pump in case electrical power is cut off.
When Wildfire Threatens
If you are warned that a wildfire is threatening your area, listen to your battery-operated radio for reports and evacuation information. Follow the instructions of local officials.
Back your car into the garage or park it in an open space facing the direction of escape. Shut doors and roll up windows. Leave the key in the ignition. Close garage windows and doors, but leave them unlocked. Disconnect automatic garage door openers.
Confine pets to one room. Make plans to care for your pets in case you must evacuate.
Arrange temporary housing at a friend or relative’s home outside the threatened area.
If Advised to Evacuate, Do So Immediately
Wear protective clothing – sturdy shoes, cotton or woolen clothing, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, gloves and a handkerchief to protect your face.
emergency supplies kit.
Lock your home.
Tell someone when you left and where you are going.
Choose a route away from fire hazards. Watch for changes in the speed and direction of fire and smoke.
If you are returning home you may find you need to clean up, find out more below.
- If your house is still intact after the wildfire and does not have visible exterior damage, it's likely you can occupy the home once evacuation orders have been lifted. However, you do so at your own risk. If your home is in close proximity to hazardous debris and ash, you may want to consider a professional smoke damage inspection to assess the level of indoor exposure and identify how to safely remove the smoke damage.
Reduce Exposure to Ash When Returning Home After a Fire (PDF) |
Hmong (PDF) (MP4) |
For more information visit the
American Red Cross and the
Federal Emergency Management Agency.