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Natrona Emergency Management: residents should protect homes, prepare fire evacuation plans

Crews responded to a fire at the base of Casper Mountain in March 2021. (Casper Fire-EMS, Facebook)

CASPER, Wyo. — On Wednesday, Natrona County Emergency Management urged residents to take action to protect homes against fire and to develop evacuation plans in the event of an emergency.

NCEM said people should create and maintain a defensible space around homes and work to protect them against flying embers. Tips on how to prepare homes for wildfires are available from the National Fire Protection Association:

NCEM said people should also have a plan to evacuate in case of a fire or other emergency.

“Ensure you have a plan of what to take and where to go — ask friends or relatives outside your area if you would be able to stay with them, should the need arise,” the press release said. “Check with hotels, motels and campgrounds to learn if they are open.”

The National Fire Protection Association offers the following document to help people make a home fire escape plan:

If a wildfire occurs in the area of a person’s home, NCEM said people should try to leave early for safety.

“When wildfire strikes, go early for your safety,” NCEM said. “Take the evacuation steps necessary to give your family and home the best chance of surviving a wildfire.”