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Wildfires: Be prepared

USPS urges workers to plan ahead

A firefighter watches a wildfire in Florida’s Everglades last year.

The Postal Service wants employees to be aware of the risk of wildfires.

Currently, 107 blazes are roaring across the United States, according to the National Interagency Fire Center, a support center for wildland fires and other emergencies. Oregon, Montana and Northern California are especially hard hit.

For the latest on USPS operational status in areas affected, check the Service Alerts page on

Wildfires can spread very quickly, particularly in areas experiencing hot weather conditions, high winds and little rain. The Postal Service advises employees to take the following steps:

• Sign up for your community’s warning system;

• Know your community’s evacuation plans;

• Build an emergency kit that you can use during an immediate evacuation;

• Keep important documents in a fireproof, safe place;

• Practice your family communications plan; and

• Plan for special needs during an evacuation, such as medicines and pet care.

On July 14, the National Interagency Fire Center put the country’s National Preparedness Level at 5 on a scale of 1-5, meaning firefighting resources are spread thin because of so much activity.

The National Preparedness Blue page has additional information, including operational action plans, stand-up talks and tips. also has recommendations.