Leaving later may be beneficial if official evacuation orders go out quite early or if the wildfire shifts away from your property. However, leaving at the last minute is all in all not a good plan as you can risk being stuck in your home or on the road with a wildfire. Escape routes can be blocked, or gridlock can make getting out impossible. Overall, it is far better to err on the side of caution. Leaving early will guarantee you and your family, including many of your valuables, are safe.