Prepare to evacuate in the event of an emergency

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Flames race toward a home during the Rock Fire, Tuesday, Aug. 24. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo
The Rock Fire scorched 295 acres in Anza Aug. 24, forcing the evacuation of people and animals and necessitating split second decisions about what must be left behind. The flames devoured four homes and seven outbuildings, destroying property and shattering lives. “It happened so fast,” Lorraine Elmore, who had to evacuate her home, said. “We barely had time to get anything and get out, then were not allowed back in to tend to our homes for some time, because it was still not safe.” Wildfire season is upon the Anza Valley and it is well past time to formulate an evacuation plan in case this unthinkable scenario happens again. As Cal Fire, Riverside County Fire Department, and the U.S. Forestry Department deploy resources to attack a wildland fire, they release information
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