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Wildfires often begin unnoticed. They spread quickly, igniting brush, trees, and homes. Reduce your risk by preparing now — before wildfire strikes. Meet with your family to decide what to do and where to go if wildfires threaten your area.

In the case of a wildfire, what should I do?

Contact the Cherokee County Fire Department at 678-493-4000 for information concerning local fire laws.

Other suggestions
  • Make sure the fire department can find your home. Clearly mark your driveway with name and address.

  • Report hazardous conditions that could cause a wildfire.

  • Teach children about fire safety. Keep matches out of reach of children!

  • Plan several escape routes from your community by car and foot.

  • Talk to you neighbors about wildfire safety.

  • Create a 3- to 50-foot safety zone around your home.

  • Regularly clean roof and gutters.

  • Inspect chimneys twice a year.

  • Rake leaves, dead limbs and twigs and clear flammable vegetation.

  • Remove dead branches and shrubs within 15 feet of your home.

  • Follow local burning regulations. 

Are you ready?



  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.


  • Familiarize yourself with local emergency plans. Know where to go and how to get there should you need to evacuate. 

  • Stay tuned to your phone alerts, TV, or radio, for weather updates, emergency instructions or evacuation orders.

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