Protect your home before wildfire hits your area; your best offense is defense

Boy Scouts learn how to properly put out their campfire
Boy Scouts learn how to properly put out their campfire

Washington State has had an early start to wildfire season, and the look ahead is not reassuring. DNR is asking you for your help: be prepared for wildfire and be cautious as to not accidently start a fire.

Learn your role in protecting your community from wildfire. As a homeowner, land manager, first responder, developer, business owner or civic leader, we want to encourage you to ‘Know Your Role’ when it comes to preparing for wildfire.

Create defensible space
Washington State will get warmer and drier in the next several months, so creating defensible space now is vital to protecting you and your community. If you live close to or in the forest, a safe zone – created by removing brush and other flammable materials – around your home can help protect your property.  

This home was saved from a wildfire because it had defensible space. PHOTO BY: Debbie Robinson
This home was saved from a wildfire because it had defensible space. PHOTO BY: Debbie Robinson

As a homeowner, learn the Firewise tips that will help guide you in creating a safer community.

Visit the Fire Adapted Communities website at www.fireadapted.org to learn more about defensible space, fire-resilient building construction, and community wildfire prevention planning.

Outdoor burning
In Washington, outdoor burning is a leading cause of wildfire starts. Be very cautious when burning outdoors, and be sure to follow all the rules. As we transition into late spring, the west side of the state can experience strong east winds, and the east side can have fast moving, dry cold fronts. So be aware of rapidly changing weather conditions, especially if burning outdoors.

Before burning, call 1-800-323-BURN (2876) or log onto http://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/firedanger.

Hear more about wildfire prevention tips from the Commissioner of Public Lands on Northwest Cable News.

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