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California gets all the fiery attention usually.

Wildfire season in California has certainly had its share of drama, and fires continue to rage. The very things that people love about California - the endless blue skies, the heat, the deep expansive wilderness - are all catalysts for the worst wildfires in the U.S.

But guess what, California isn't alone. There have been recent wildfires all around the country in many states including Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

In other words, fire really doesn't care where you live or what the headlines say. When the conditions are right, fire will always have the yearning for burning. That's why it’s always good to know what to do if a wildfire is on its way.

Here are 5 things you can do to better prepare yourself for a wildfire:

Stay alert, Not inert.

This is a no-brainer, but be sure to stay informed and connected. That means signing up for community alerts, The Emergency Alert System (EAS), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio.

W.W.F.D. What Would Firefighters Do?

Before you evacuate, get your home firefighter-friendly. Connect garden hoses, place ladders next to the side of the house, fill up buckets of water, and put sprinklers on your roof to wet your home and shrubs.

Time for a Masked Party.

Well before the fire approaches, create a Go Bag for every family member - and don’t forget your pets too! Include essential supplies like clothing, food, first aid kits, and especially N95 respirator masks in case you’re caught in smoke.

Be Mean to the Approaching Fire.

Fires like to burn, so deprive them of anything combustible. Clear away as many leaves and twigs as possible within 30 feet of your home. Then, bring in lawn chairs, toys, trash cans, or anything else fires would love.

Leave with Lightness.

If you have to evacuate, leave as quickly as you can, but stay calm. Turn on all your exterior and interior lights to make your home easy to spot in heavy smoke. Plus, make sure to shut off all gas as well as pilot lights too. You got this.