Why You Need a Fire Evacuation Bag




Fire season in Northern California isn’t going away, with the Caldor fire just one of many this year currently burning to close for comfort for residents in Sonoma County. Even though the fire is currently threatening South Lake Tahoe and surrounding areas, it's already burnt up an estimated 145,000 acres since it started on the 14th of August. Since then, it's only been 12% contained. While Napa County, Marin County, and nearby communities aren’t in immediate danger, many are keeping a close eye as it spreads through the Eldorado National Forest.


The scary scene playing out for residents in the path of the Caldor fire is all too familiar for Sonoma County homeowners -- and should serve as a good reminder of why fire preparedness is so important. Knowing your household's plan for fire evacuation is so crucial, especially during these extreme fire seasons.


Think Ahead with Accessible GO KIT Options

Wildfires often spread quicker than people can imagine. Hazardous embers can travel as much as five miles beyond the front of a wildfire, especially in high wind situations. Before you realize it, roads may be shut down, making accessibility and evacuations urgent. In a wildfire situation, every second counts, which is why having a “GO KIT” that you don’t have to give a second thought ready for your evacuation can be lifesaving.

Firebrand created these kits with crucial essentials to ensure people are prepared to leave at a moment's notice. Each backpack comes with customized safety gear, offered in a variety of packages that are tailored for different household needs. Hand-selected by our fire safety experts, these items are meant to equip you and your family to face the urgent evacuations that wildfires can suddenly create. Most people don’t keep these items in their house, even if they consider themselves “prepared” for a fire evacuation, without the right tools in hand at the drop of the pin, preparation can quickly dissolve.


First Responder

The simplest of our kits available, The First Responder covers all the basics you may need in a fire evacuation. We created this kit with smaller households in mind, as well as for individuals who may want to keep a smaller bag in the car or at the office for when returning home first isn’t an option.


Included in the Firebrand small backpack:

  • Anti fire smoke mask

  • Odyssey fire goggle

  • Headlamp

  • Heat resistant gloves

  • Small first aid kit

  • Burn shield

  • Small fire/waterproof document bag

  • Toiletries w/ wipes added

  • Rescue whistle

  • Bags of water x 3

Again, this is our smallest and “leanest” backpack, meant to cover the bare necessities of an individual or smaller household in a fire emergency.


The Survivor

Considered our “standard” size backpack, The Survivor GO KIT, is equipped with expanded essentials for your wildfire evacuation. We recommend this option for an average size household, providing preparedness and peace of mind.


In The Survivor bag you will receive the following:

  • Anti fire smoke mask

  • Odyssey fire goggle

  • Headlamp

  • Heat resistant gloves

  • Small first aid kit

  • Burn shield

  • Small fire/waterproof document bag

  • Toiletries w/ wipes added

  • Rescue whistle

  • Bags of water x 3

Additional person add ons to consider based on household size:

  • Anti fire smoke mask

  • Odyssey fire goggle

  • Headlamp

  • Heat resistant gloves

  • Burn shield

  • Toiletries w/ wipes

  • Rescue whistle

  • 5 bags of water

The Defender

While we believe all of our GO Kits help households improve preparedness for fire emergencies, The Defender is truly our most robust kit. Inside, you will find everything you need to have peace of mind about your home’s readiness in the event of a fire evacuation.

Inside our Firebrand larger bag you will find:

  • Anti fire smoke mask

  • Odyssey fire goggle

  • Fire proof /fire suppression blanket

  • Crank flashlight/radio/charger

  • Headlamp

  • Heat resistant gloves

  • Large first aid kt

  • Burn shield

  • Large fire/water proof document bag

  • Toiletries w/ wipes added