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Practice Wildfire Safety

Find resources about how to prepare for and practice wildfire safety.


Create a Disaster plan

Assemble an Emergencies Supplies kit

  • Store these supplies in sturdy, easy-to-carry containers such as backpacks, duffle bags, or trash containers. Keep one kit in your home, car, and workplace.


  • Listen to your battery-operated radio for reports and evacuation information
    • If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
  • Wear protective clothing and footwear.
  • Take your Emergency Supplies kit and personal belongings.
  • Tell someone you left and where you are heading.

If you discover a fire

  • Activate the fire alarm and call for help.
    • Campus phones: call 911
    • Other phones: call (858) 534-4357
    • UC San Diego Medical Center: call Security at 6111
  • What to do if you discover a fire (for large or small fires).

If you are caught in a wildfire

  • Don't try to outrun the blaze.
  • Seek out hoses or a body of water. If there's none nearby, remain low to the ground and cover your body with wet clothing.
  • To minimize inhaling smoke, breathe close to the ground, through a moist cloth.


  • Check with fire officials before attempting to return.
  • Be careful about smoldering and sparks. Consult UC San Diego experts on hot spots.
  • If injuries or damage occurred, notify the Risk Management Office, (858) 534-3820.
  • Report used extinguishers as soon as possible:
    • Campus: Facilities Management Service Referral Desk, (858) 534-2930
    • UC San Diego Medical Center-Hillcrest: Facilities Engineering Help Desk, (619) 543-6454
    • UC San Diego Medical Center-Thornton: Facilities Engineering Help Desk, (858) 657-6400


Contact EH&S Emergency Management & Business Continuity, (858) 246-0695.