Inferno: How To Get Ready for a Rapidly Spreading Wildfire

by | Aug 16, 2018 | Headline News | 21 comments

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    This report was originally published by Jeremiah Johnson at Tess Pennington’s

    Tess is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint: How To Survive ANY Disaster.

    Six large new wildfires erupted in the United States, pushing the number of major active blazes nationwide to over 100, with more expected to break out sparked by lightning strikes on bone-dry terrain, authorities said on Saturday… and more are expected.” – New York Times

    The fire season has been in full force for several weeks, now. Fire season is brought on by both seasonally (in some areas) and unseasonably dry weather with ignitable material. Currently, there are wildfires burning in several states in the West and Southwest. Some of the main states experiencing heavy wildfire activity are Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

    Interactive maps can give you a view of areas now suffering from the advent and spread of wildfires. One of the problems besides the hundreds of thousands of acres burning and the losses of life, property, and forests with wildlife is the smoke. The drifting squalls of smoke are carried eastward by the prevailing Westerly winds and everyone “downwind” from the fire’s path is subjected to smoke inhalation.

    Click here for a full map of active wildfires in the United States

    Fires during fire season are not confined just to those high-risk Western states. Fires also break out from carelessness on the part of outdoor adventurers and enthusiasts who do not realize just how dry the ground and terrain is. So what if you are in one of the states listed previously, or what if a fire should break out in your locale?

    7 Things Your Family Needs to Do To Be Wildfire Ready

    Let’s go over a few things that you can do to give you and your family a better chance.

    1. Evacuate when necessary: This means clear out while you have the chance.  Sound advice. Discretion is the better part of valor. Typically, firemen give a home 10 minutes to evacuate. If they are warning you to leave, then heed the warning and grab what you can, and leave, plain and simple. You can replace your house and anything you may own in it.
    2. Have a plan: Planning is key. Know where you’re going to go, the route to get there, and take into consideration days of travel and impediments in the form of blocked roads, shifting weather conditions, and crowds of people.
    3. Have all of your supplies ready to load up and to go: Your basics of bullets, beans, and band-aids…food, water, medical supplies, and the ability to defend all of it. Don’t waste time when the order comes down:  be ready to load up and go. Here is an evacuation checklist of suggested items.
    4. PACE: Acronym in the military for “Primary, Alternate, Emergency, Contingency.” Have your Primary plan in place. Have an Alternate plan (with an alternate route, etc.,) in place, should something come along to disrupt the Primary plan. Emergency – this covers specific actions to take if something arises. For example, if one of your family members with a medical condition takes ill, are you going to hunker down and treat them for short-term treatment, or continue to roll, converting the travel trailer to a “field hospital” on wheels?  Contingency – to include “what if’s” and things that may arise…scenarios you’ll have to “game,” and what you’ll do to work through them.
    5. Fire extinguishers and protective gear: Get a couple that are A-B-C rated, that will work on grease, oil, electrical fires, and wood fires. Pick up some fire suits to protect you if you have to be exposed to enable you to get through a blaze in your immediate area. Pick up burn cream and first-aid supplies such as silver sulfadiazine and some oxygen respirators. Many emergency first aid and fire supplies can be ordered online at, to be delivered to your door.
    6. A good radio with National Weather info – This will be worth its weight in gold when the time arises. You should have one anyway, but especially in fire season, as it will be updated to let you know where the areas of high risk are located, as well as possible shelters if you are on the move and need them.
    7. Talk with your local firemen: No, really. These guys and gals will give you the “up and skinny” on what is going on for your area. They may even provide sagacious (that’s “sage” in the vernacular) advice that you may not find anywhere else…info they’re privy to outside of the channels of the regular public.

    Information is your most valuable tool in this regard, however, keep this in mind: information itself is not the entire solution. Acting in a timely fashion and using the expertise of others at the right time is just as important as the information itself. Proper planning will increase your probability of success. The planning is in your hands. Use the Internet and your community resources to keep tabs on these wildfires so that you can take action in the event that they should threaten you and your community.  JJ out!

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      1. The powers that be don’t want you to know this. You can do a controlled burn around your place. Far enough that the main fire doesn’t burn your place down.

        • I tried to burn a big brush, limb and stump pile here today in FL, but just the top half burned. It was from last Sept 2017 Hurricane Irma debris. We’ve gotten so much rain lately, the piles are damp. And another rain storm is rolling in right now as well. Enough already.. The ground is so saturated, I feel like I am living on a floating bog. The frogs and otters are having a blast. Tonight it is like an orchestra with all of the frogs signing. They do this just before a rain storm comes.

        • I do controlled burns every year, but everyone needs to know that they are ONLY LEGAL AFTER FIRE SEASON HAS ENDED IN THE FALL AND BEFORE FIRE SEASON BEGINS IN THE SPRING. There are some windows of opportunity in the Fall after the end of fire season if it doesn’t rain for a few weeks after the initial rain that eliminated wildfire danger. And there are often times when fine fuels (leaves, twigs, and grass) can be flared off in the Spring just before the beginning of fire season. If your land is heavily loaded with fuels you need to do preliminary pile burns in the wet Winter before you attempt area burns in Fall or Spring. Have a plan, be prepared, ask an expert if in doubt. Make sure any area burn you do WILL NOT CROSS YOUR PROPERTY LINES. The good news is, if it’s legal for you to burn, your problem is usually keeping it burning, not having it get out of control.

      2. Some of these fires are caused by not allowing small natural fires,caused by lightening, to run their course. Developers have gone in building homes inside forested areas. Drug dealers and homeless camp out in the woods. High on drugs, of course they’re careless.

        Also, there are some videos on YouTube and the web. There is a woman investigator who claims Rothschilds owns the electricity company in Northern California; and that Rothschilds is burning out Californians then getting the land by trickery. If fossils or ancient artifacts are found, the land goes to foundations. Rothschilds has plenty of artifacts already. But lo and behold, artifacts keep showing up on these burned out lands.

        If you go to Court, the Court is most likely to side with Rothschild for some unknown reason. Money talks and bs walks.

        When God made Rothschild he asked if Rothschilds wanted scruples. Rothschilds thought He said boils, and Rothschilds said, “I don’t want any”.


        • If the Truth Goes out to this Black Population here in America about this documentary, a real hell fire will ensue. Watch this for some real facts.

          • It was beyond me, personally, how George Zimmerman could be called a white hispanic.

            But, Mad Maxine’s crew don’t actually ask whether you are European, Jewish, an octaroon, or a hyper-intelligent, colored person.

            You think you’re Jew naming. They think I’m the Klan.

          • First responders have a praetorian swagger. The individual, his land, and personal property are not under self-ownership, free-and-clear. I breathed the same air with these people in uniform as they gloated about wrecking the civilians’ things. You want us to think that your status is something other-than-civilian, not in the sense of a menial servant. Like a commissar with a god complex.

            So, your social inferiors have taken you, at your word, like superstitious cargo cultists.

            It was said that slower growing hardwoods would be ‘gashed and splashed’ with an herbicide. You blamed borer beetles and Armillaria fungus. It was said that you wanted to replace the slower-growing oaks with industrially-used softwoods, like it was a slash-and-burn tree farm.

            At this point, I’m not well versed on how FLIR should look, through a cloud of smoke, or whether laser pointers are used to locate your personnel, but beams are being shown, in online video — in an accusatory way, as though you have started the fires.

            I think, the way of the world is tending toward the Medieval, cramped, borderline insufficient, rowhouse (made of woods, synthetics, and glues). The peasant class is more-or-less assumed to be subhuman, and the overclass rules by divine right, so far as most people are concerned. Waste water is dumped in a catchment, that used to be called a cesspit.

        • Being a volunteer wildland firefighter I have seen cabins burned, etc. Don’t be a moron, clear at least 50 feet around your structure (more depending on fire fuel). Don’t have an old wood deck or porch that embers can (and will) land on. Metal roofing is great asphalt is ok. If you invite it it will come. Your precious tree next to the cabin will be the end of it. I survived a bad assed fire because I used my brain and cleared my land and did what I could to fireproof it. Several of my neighbors wouldn’t listen and they were DESTROYED! (95% of fires I go on are lightning the other 5% are retards burning shit. If anyone is threatening your property with burning shit go tell them to put it out and if they don’t then take it up a few notches to MAKE them do it. Fire is a mutherfooker and you don’t get a second chance….

          • I did a motorcycle tour of a 175,000 acre burn area in northern CA a couple of years ago between the Klamath River and the Scott Valley. Every house that had a clean yard and “defensible space” around it survived; the one place I saw that burned down looked like it had been a junkyard of lumber, old cars, and brush before the fire.

        • The increasing rate occurrences of large fires could be partly their execution of Agenda 21, now Agenda 2030, for their sustainability goal.

      3. I’d like to see some real, confirmable, and valid evidence that the Rothschilds are doing that.

        • The internet says it so it must be true.

      4. I live in a place that is also experiencing
        wild fires. You don’t hear much about it, because
        there aren’t many people here.
        One thing we do that is different is our roofs
        are metal or ceramic so they don’t burn.
        3 tab roofing is almost unknown here.
        I have to admit it is really loud when it rains,
        and the roofing is not cheap, but it won’t burn
        if an ember lands on it.

      5. Your article left out the single most important thing anyone who lives in the woods can do. . . MITIGATE MITIGATE and for those who cannot read MITIGATE! Cut the trees that are to close to your home. Mow the weeds trim the ladder fuels. I have lived in the community of Black Forest Co. for over 30 years. I cut, trim and mow all on a regular basis. In 2013 it paid mass dividends. My home survived. 500 of my neighbors were not so lucky. I stayed and fought for my home and would not recommend it. It was not a pleasant experience and was down right hazardous at times. The only reason I was able to make a stand was because I did what countless forestry employee’s and firemen recommended MITIGATE! FOOT

      6. They’re burning them out of their properties cause there’s gold in them thar hills.

      7. Sound advice. Good evacuation checklist (link).

        One of the best actions we have taken (here in the very rural Redoubt) was forming a local AmRRON ham radio net. All of us (about 15 families) check in every Thursday. Our ham radio is on 24/7 and set to our AmRRON channel. Knowing that there is a local problem/threat is great. Knowing that these trusted folks are nearby and ready, willing and able to help is priceless.

      8. Whenever there is a wildfire the “Thank You Firefighters” signs sprout everywhere. They are well-meaning and sincere, and I’m sure the firefighters appreciate them. But they are also cheap and easy. If you really want to do something firefighters will appreciate, CLEAN UP YOUR LAND. It does not help firefighters for you to make a sign. Reducing the fuel load and thinning the trees on your land does help them, and it helps you, too.

      9. Re thanking frefighters
        What my family did was take them delicious homemade baked items on holidays. I think these are always a welcome respectful kindness to firefighters who work crazy hours in a very dangerous line of work.

        Some pastors will drop in and check on them as they see some awful things while on runs.

        I highly recommend you sponsor volunteer firemen in rural areas. There may be a very low statistical chance of a fire affecting you, but it’s awful that they volunteer and then have to actively fundraise to pay for training and equipment.

        The fireman who was just killed in California was killed as a result of a fire tornado moving 165 mph and at an estimated 2700 degrees F.

      10. Any fire you can step over is not life threatening. In Arkansas most wild fires burn low to the ground. My livestock keep stuff grazed down. I do controlled burns. Metal roofs on buildings. I don’t burn brush but make piles and let them rot over time. Makes good habitat for rabbits and other wildlife.

      11. Here is the brief Justin Bilton video of a narrow escape through a forest fire in Montana. Shirtly thereafter they had to abandon their vehicle as it caught fire. They fled to water and were rescued.

        In another topic, I posted the now famous Gatlinburg escape. You should watch that as it’s long and they had to stop several times and deal with getting hung up due to debris in the road, traveling off road, and dealing with mentally paralyzed indecisive folks too. It goes from being calm before to increasingly afraid. Imagine being in that situation and trying to stay focused and work the problem because your family is counting on YOU.

        Note that it was felt that arsonists had started the Gatlinburg fire on purpose. Fire is a terribly weapon.

        When the SHTF, even if you’re an atheist, I bet you for Jesus to rescue you.

      12. Warning bad realistic cursing in the video link.
        Two roomates make a run for it in their vehicle to get past the forest fire. Watch when he gets out of the vehicle to see how badly the inferno was raging. They waited too long and barely got out and they had no official warning.

        People have a goofy expectation that officials will tell them what to do and when to leave.

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