Washington experiences its heaviest wildfire activity during the summer, but fires occur during all seasons, including spring.
There’s no better time than the month of May to turn up your awareness for wildfire and start preparing. This time of year plants are green and retain moisture. Yet, this is a great point to look at your property in terms of what will endanger it when fire conditions in July and August reach high or extreme.
Homeowners should look at the little things that cause homes to go up in smoke, because it’s typically not the flaming fire front that burns houses, but rather the needles in gutters and debris on the rooftop. A good way to start is to clean gutters, roofs, and debris under decks: remove woodpiles stacked near the house: and make sure all vents are screened properly.
When creating your landscape, choose fire resistant species and stay away from arbor vitae and juniper. Clear vegetation away from the house, remove hazard trees near structures, and make sure driveways are wide enough for emergency vehicles to access your house.
The choices we make greatly influence the vulnerability of our homes to wildfire. Join DNR and partnering organizations to help your community take action against wildfire damage.
What: A free workshop to learn how reduce wildfire risk and improve forest health
When: May 14
Where: Klickitat PUD in Goldendale
What: A free Firewise workshop to learn how to prepare for wildfire
When: May 17 and 18
Where: Enduris Training Facility in Airway Heights/Spokane
You can also learn more about what DNR has to offer to help you prepare for wildfire.
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