How To Survive a Forest Fire

4:39:00 PM Larisse Espinueva 0 Comments

Whenever you think of going out for a trip to a forest, as much fun as you expect to have you also have to be prepared for the worst situations. You have to have your own list of survival tips for certain situations that may come.
One of the worst-case scenarios that could happen is a forest fire could occur. As bad as it sounds you have to ready yourself and plan for your survival strategy. If you follow the tips on this list you’re giving yourself a chance to survive that forest fire.

Drop Everything and Get Out
Do not waste any time and make a move. The common mistake that people often make is that they panic in emergency situations. These are one of the instances that you have to follow your instinct and run. This is also not the time to be sentimental, you should not prioritize anything else but your life. Material things can weigh you down as you are fleeing the area, don’t think of saving anything else but yourself.

Downhill is the Way to Go
Fires spread faster uphill thanks to updrafts. With this knowledge in mind look to find routes of the area that bring you to the opposite direction. Find downhill routes to give yourself a better chance of escaping the fire. The lower elevation you go the less likely that fires will spark in these areas.

Get as Low as Possible
The superheated convective current usually passes high. It is important to be aware of ditches in the forest ground because these ditches are great places to seek shelter and let the heat pass. Hiding in these ditches gives you a better chance to survive the heat because most times the fire isn’t the problem, it’s the heat that really affects your body. If there are no ditches around you can dig a trench for yourself or a hole where you can hide and wait the fire out.

Identify Safe Routes
Safe routes are routes that have natural firebreak, these firebreaks are meant to give you a clear direction out of the area. Routes that have firebreaks are routes without combustible material. These are routes with a lot of boulders, cement roads and even large bodies of water. These areas allow you to take a breather and can direct you to your next step.

Don’t Inhale the Gases
If you truly are prepared you should bring a mask to protect your respiratory system. Not only are there dangerous elements in the smoke the hot gas could also cause you to get fatigued and being fatigued in a forest fire is the last thing you want to happen. If you don’t have a mask use your clothes to breathe through, it should be good enough to get you through.

As in all things planning and preparation is the real key of surviving a forest fire. Be sure to be aware and familiar with the terrain so you will know where to go and what todo. Plan and give yourself the best chance to survive.

*This is a guest post by Justin Estor and is for informational purposes only.*