The foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains are one of the most beautiful
places to live in Southern California. Living in this area is not without
threat. If your home borders a natural area, in what firefighters call the
Wildland Urban Interface, you are directly at risk from a wildfire. Throughout
history, fire was a frequent, and naturally occurring, event in this environment.
Unfortunately, the risk of a wildland fire is now a year-round threat to many
communities, requiring vigilance on the part of both the fire service and
The La Verne Fire Department takes every precaution to help protect you and
your family from the threat of a wildland fire. However, in the event of a major
wildfire, there will simply not be enough resources to defend every home,
especially during the first hours of a major wildfire. You must become part of
Successfully preparing for a wildfire requires you to take personal
responsibility for protecting yourself, your family, and your property. This
publication will help guide you through the process of making your home
resistant to wildfires as well as preparing your family to leave early and safely.
We call this process, "Ready, Set, Go!"
The La Verne Fire Department has prepared the "Ready, Set, Go!" action
plan to help you prepare. You will learn about the tips and tools you need to
prepare, the importance of having defensible space around your home and
the preparations you need to make so you can leave early, evacuating well
ahead of a fast approaching fire.