Fire

Important answers to important questions. Please read this and make sure everyone in your family does, too!

What should I do if a house or barn fire occurs:

  • Use a fire extinguisher, blankets, or water to extinguish a small fire

  • If the fire is too large for you to put out, close the doors to isolate the fire and exit the house as quickly as possible
    (Take People -- and if you have time, take Pets/Keys/Purse/Wallet.)

  • Go outside and call 911 with a cordless phone or run to your neighbors

  • DIAL 911

    Because the 911 operator may try to transfer you to Riverside County Dispatch, describe your emergency and say:

    “My lot number is ____ in Rancho Carrillo. Please send Orange County Fire Authority to respond from Station 7 or 58. They know where we are! Our Gate is on Mile Marker 8 on Ortega Hwy 74.”

    After calling 911, if possible, please notify Rancho Carrillo Fire Brigade for assistance: 

            • Keith Warren       -0159
  • Brent Chase        -0128

            • Nancy Streza       -0711
  • Robert Davis       -1504

            • Jim Trindle          -0234
  • Karen Ritter        -1499

            • Patty Stephens    -9940
            • Cathy Cope          -0244

  • If you cannot reach anyone, honk your horn. Use the Morse code "SOS" cry for help: 
                           3 shorts - 3 longs - 3 shorts     . . . ___ ___ ___ . . .  



"I see flames directly along our access road or in Rancho Carrillo proper and no one is around it, who do I call?"

Call 911 first and then call a local volunteer firefighter.   If it is small enough for you to safely extinguish with your fire extinguisher, do it!



"I smell smoke.  What should I do?"

1.  Look out  your window, go outside and/or drive around the neighborhood
2.  Check TV or radio for local news reports
3.  Monitor emergency websites:
    •  CHP  - http://cad.chp.ca.gov/   (Change to Orange County in upper left corner box)
    • Wunderground.com  http://wxug.us/176gb
    • Current status of fire incidents -  http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_current
      (You can sign up to receive Orange County major incidents by email at this website:

          http://www.ocfa.org/Menu/AboutOCFA/SubscriptionSignup.aspx


4.  Call a Rancho Carrillo Volunteer Fire Dept member.  (Above list)


How will I know if a forest fire is headed our way?

  • You will smell smoke
  • You will receive a phone call. We have a One Call Now system in place with our residents' home and cell numbers.
       (Update your numbers with Nancy at -0711)

  • Watch or listen to the local news.


What should I do if I learn that a forest fire is headed our way?

  • Stay calm

  • Keep the roads and driveways clear for fire equipment.

  • Gather your valuables and 7 P's 
        People
        Pets
        Papers
    (important docs:  insurance papers, deeds, auto registration, passports, birth certificates, stock certificates)
        Prescriptions
       
    Plastic (credit cards/purse/wallet)
        PC
      (or MAC, flash drive, hard drive)
       
    Photos & Treasures  (If you have time, take pictures of your home and belongings, inside and out)

  • Load your escape vehicle and park it facing the exit.  Leave keys in the ignition.
  • GO & GO EARLY -- Don't wait for evacuation orders


The fire is getting closer – I don't want to evacuate.  what can I do to help?

  • Close all windows and doors as well as inside doors.    Unlock doors.

  • Open the gate to your driveway   – disengage the motor

  • Turn on exterior lights

  • Close blinds and remove lightweight curtains.

  • Turn off propane at the tank.

  • Turn off the valves for lawn or tree watering sprinkling systems

  • Put all flammable lawn furniture in the house or garage.

  • Trim branches that are touching your house

  • Close garage doors and disable openers

  • Leave electricity on for lights and pumps.  Leave an outside light on.

  • Connect garden hoses so the firefighters can use them.

  • Place ladder against front of house.

  • If you leave a vehicle outside, park it away from the house, facing an exit  in an open area, leaving plenty of room for many emergency vehicles to enter your driveway; leave keys in ignition.  Close all windows.  If you leave a vehicle in the garage, leave keys in ignition.

  • Keep the access road to Ortega Highway clear so fire equipment can get up here.

  • Turn horses and farm animals out of the barn and/or take them to the fire station arena.  Close barn doors.  Do not let them run loose in the valley or the wilderness.



DON’T DO THESE THINGS:

  • Don’t Panic

  • Don’t hose down your house or trees with water unless there are flames touching it.   It will quickly evaporate and use up precious water.

  • Don’t drive your horse trailer down the hill.  It may prevent fire trucks from coming up.

  • Don’t let your horses run loose in the valley.  They are safer in a pasture or at the rec center’s arena.

  • Don’t leave your animals in the house or barn.  Either take them with you in your car, lock them in an outside pen or let them run loose.
  • Don't interfere with professionals and trained volunteers who are trying to do their job.


Where do I go?  What do I do?

  • BE SAFE!   Don’t put yourself or your family or your neighbors at risk.

  • You may choose to go to the Fire Station.   Use “Hooligan parking areas.”  Stay calm.  Offer to help or stay out of the way.

  • If you choose to leave Rancho Carrillo, leave a message at the Fire Station (728-0600) where you are going  and how you can be reached.

  • In case of a quick evacuation – or if you are unable to get home to Rancho Carrillo, meet your neighbors in the parking lot of Ortega Center in front of Ballpark Pizza/Bravo Burger/Bad to the Bone  in San Juan Capistrano (or a designated Red Cross Shelter).  Call the RC Fire Department office for updates  728-0600.

  • You should have an out-of-state emergency contact. Instruct your family members to call that number if the local phone lines are jammed during an emergency. The out-of-state person can help your entire family to keep in touch with one another.

  • Rancho Carrillo has survived emergencies in the past. Make friends with your neighbors during good times, so that in case of emergencies, you will know who to call!


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