Prepare to evacuate from wildland fire

A calm and collected evacuee transports her valuables, cat and chickens to a safe place during the Fairview Fire. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
The Fairview Fire scorched 28,307 acres in the unincorporated areas of Hemet and Sage, forcing the evacuation of people and animals in its path. From its start Sept. 5 to full containment on Sept. 18, this fire caused panic and confusion for many mountain residents, necessitating split second decisions about what must be left behind. The flames ultimately devoured 22 structures, destroying property and shattering lives.Fortunately, none of the major damage occurred in Anza or Aguanga, but it is well past time to formulate an evacuation plan when, not if, this unthinkable scenario happens again.As CalFire, Riverside County Fire Department, the US Forestry Department and other agencies deploy resources to attack a wildland fire, they release information that is accurate, timely and t
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