As many as 30,000 residents in Santa Barbara, California were evacuated this week in lieu of wildfires that broke during the later part of week on the Santa Ynez Mountains. The fires, fed by the infamous “sundowner” winds in the region, burned an estimated 80 homes down. However, many people were given the green-light to go home today as firefighters were able to better contain the fires because of more favorable weather.
Cold air coming off the Pacific Ocean provided much needed moisture. Officials state the fires are now about 30% contained and that evacuations are being lifted in phases in order to avoid traffic chaos.
More on the wildfires.
The wildfires and evacuations reminds us of the importance of having an emergency kit or “go-bag” prepared should we ever have to leave our homes. These kits should contain supplies that will last for a minimum of three days: water to drink and to clean with (three-days worth per person), non-perishable foods (three-days worth per person), medications, a list of important phone numbers, hygiene products, a battery-powered radio, extra batteries, a can opener, whistle, tool kit, etc.