Wild Fire Season: Are you Prepared? - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Wild Fire Season: Are you Prepared?

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Its been two years since the Valley View fire destroyed almost a dozen homes, and forced the evacuation of many more. Emergency responders say it's a good reminder for families to have an evacuation plan in place.

"We have a log cabin that we had just remodeled and we were trying to save it the police came and said we had to go," said Marianne Canterbury of Spokane Valley.

Marianne Canterbury remembers well how difficult it was to leave her home in the summer of 2008 when she saw thick smoke and flames approaching her property line. She managed to get herself and family out of harms way, along with some important documents. She left everything else behind not knowing if she would see her belongings again. Fortunately the flames spared her home and everything in it, but she has this advice to give others at risk of wild fires.

"Keep all your important papers in one area. Have an escape plan. Cause when it's happening you're panicked and then you don't think straight. If you have it all set in advance you just know what you're going to do," said Canterbury.

Emergency responders recommend keeping important documents and medication where you can grab them in hurry or place them in a fireproof safe. To save time and a lot of worry, they recommend making a list of things you want to take with you. You should be able to leave in 10 minutes or less, depending on how close the fire is.

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