Pack these now: 6 fire kit essentials

What to keep on hand for when a fire gets close to your house

Radio

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Radio

The best source for fire updates may be your local news station.

Another essential electronic: Cell/smartphone To communicate with scattered family members. Designate an out-of-town emergency contact—long-distance calls may be easier to make than local ones.

 

Kashi TLC granola bars

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Food

Ready to eat, no refrigeration required—think trail mix and sports bars. Pack water too.

Pet supplies

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Pet supplies

Bring a couple of days’ worth of water and food, plus a crate or carrier for Fido and/or Fluffy.

  • Nonskid pet bowl. From $3.70; at Target stores

Flashlight

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Flashlight

Because the power often fails during large wildfires. 

  • Mag-Lite LED 2-Cell D flashlight. From $29

First-aid kit

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First-aid kit

You probably have this already for quakes and storms—make sure it’s fully stocked and that you know where it is.

  • Johnson & Johnson Deluxe First Aid Kit. $20; target.com

Face masks

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Face masks

Even if you evacuate early, you may run into some smoke.

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