Escape Routes 1 (Take 5@2)

Operational Engagement
Page Last Modified / Reviewed: 
May 2020


It’s 1400…you have been working all morning. How far away have your safety zones become? Safety zones are only good if you can reach them. How long will your escape route take? What is the condition of the crew? How long will it take your slowest member to get there? Are your expectations realistic?

Look at the times below…if your fire blew up right now, can you and every member of your crew make it to your safety zone?

Graphic showing the minutes it took from blowup to burnover on the following fires: Loop, Griffith Park - 5 minutes.; Dude - 8 minutes; South Canyon - 9 minutes; Rainbow Springs, Spanish Ranch - 10 minutes; Hauser Creek - 11 minutes; Cart, Blackwater - 15 minutes; Pepper Run - 17 minutes; Cramer - 24 minutes; Rock Creek - 30 minutes; Toulumne - 39 minutes; Battlement Creek - 48 minutes; Thirty-mile Canyon - 50 minutes; Yarnell Hill - 52 minutes; Blue Ribbon - 60 minutes.

The “Take 5@2” safety messages are a cooperative project of 6 Minutes for Safety, the Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher (WFSTAR), NIFC External Affairs, the NWCG Leadership Committee, the NWCG Risk Management Committee, and the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center.


Also see: Escape Routes 2, and Escape Routes 3



Additional Resources

Incident Management Situation Report (IMSR)
Incident Response Pocket Guide (IRPG), PMS 461
NWCG Standards for Helicopter Operations, PMS 510
RT-130, Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher (WFSTAR)
Interagency Standards for Fire and Fire Aviation Operations (Red Book)
Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center

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