National Wildfire Preparedness Day is May 7

"Chelan Fires; First Creek Fire, Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, WA, 2015; burn operation in Morning Sun Estates"
Chelan Fires 2015; burn operation in Morning Sun Estates Photo by Kari Greer

What are you doing this Saturday, May 7? Why not challenge your neighborhood to develop their defenses against future wildfires.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, there are approximately 98 million people in our nation who live in wildfire country. That puts about 45 million homes at risk to wildfire-maybe even yours.

What can you do?

Start with your own home and property by raking leaves, clearing vegetation away from your house, removing dead branches, cleaning out gutters, and mowing grass regularly. But don’t stop there. Also, commit a few hours, or an entire day, to preparing your neighborhood to be a safe place to live.

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day provides an opportunity for people of all ages to participate in a risk reduction or preparedness activity that makes their community a safer place to live. Projects can involve just a few people, or a large group. Increase risk awareness and bring neighbors together to improve your area’s preparedness and resiliency. It’s one way neighbors can care for each other.

Let’s work together to reduce the number communities and families whose lives get turned upside down when wildfires happen. Learn what DNR has to offer for preparing for wildfire.

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