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Wildfires are now more frequent, destructive, and fast-moving than ever. Kensington residents must change how to prepare and respond. Take control before a fire starts:


  • Know your evacuation zone and ensure you can receive messages issued through CWS and Nixle.


  • Put your Go Bag by the front door, or place it in your vehicle.


  • Plan multiple evacuation routes, including two by foot, if roads become too congested.


  • Park off-street. Back your car into your driveway or garage, leaving streets clear for emergency vehicles.


  • Be sure you can open your garage if the power goes out and keep pets close.

Late evacuation contributes to traffic jams and puts you, your neighbors, and first responders at risk. Leaving early increases your chance of survival. Preparing in advance puts you in the most control and is the best way to ensure your safety.

Fires that start during Red Flag Warnings can spread quickly. Use extreme caution when operating BBQs, power equipment, or other heat sources such as idling cars. Remember that fireworks are always completely forbidden in Contra Costa County and surrounding areas. These steps can help prevent fires. 


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