The wildfires raging throughout Southern California right now are taking life, destroying property, and endangering people who are tasked with performing response and recovery operations.

During a wildfire, workers may be caught in circumstances that require them to quickly evacuate. The - Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) website offers guidance on what to do during a wildfire if in a vehicle, in a residence, or out in the open.

Some operations such as utility restoration, cleaning up spills of hazardous materials, and search and rescue, have inherent dangers, and should only be conducted by workers who have the proper training, equipment and experience.

Cleanup dangers

Wildfires may create a variety of hazards for workers involved in cleanup operations as well as for workers in affected communities. OSHA offers the following resources address common hazards associated with wildfires and highlight useful precautions for workers:


Firefighters and other responders may face particularly challenging situations and hazards as they perform their activities. The following resources provide guidance on how responders can protect themselves during response operations:

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