Some 29 Washington communities will receive up to $1,500 each from DNR to put towards Firewise Challenge activities. Projects such as clearing out burnable debris from around homes and roofs will make these communities safer from wildfire.
Is your community one of them? Find out how to become a Firewise community, below.
DNR-supported partners Communities
San Juan Island Fire Department Friday Harbor, WA
Chelan County Fire District 3 Leavenworth, WA
Bretz Rd and Dr Leavenworth, WA
Jenkins Lane Darrington, WA
Eagles Crest Homeowners Association Edmonds, WA
Malloy Prairie Corridor Medical Lake, WA
Flower Trail Spokane, WA
Skykomish Fire/KCFD 50 Skykomish, WA
Spokane County FD 8 Valleyford, WA
Alpenview Estates Leavenworth, WA
Lake Cushman Hoodsport, WA
Lincoln County Conservation District Davenport, WA
Shelter Bay La Conner, WA
North Fork Tampico Yakima, WA
Diobsud Creek Woodinville, WA
Trilogy at Redmond Ridge Redmond, WA
Spokane County FD 3 Cheney, WA
Hartstene Pointe Shelton, WA
Sallal Meadows North Bend, WA
Surfside Homeowners Association Ocean Park, WA
Big Rock Naches, WA
High Prairie Lyle, WA
Keystone Acres Goldendale, WA
Ponderosa Community Club Leavenworth, WA
Chelminar Tieton, WA
Ritchie Road Community Nine Mile Falls, WA
Four Mound Nine Mile Falls, WA
Spokane County FD5 Nine Mile Falls, WA
Mirrormont Community Association Issaquah, WA
Firewise is a national program that teaches individuals how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to take action together to prevent losses. Firewise principles focus on the “home ignition zone” and defensible space, and include actions such as cleaning up debris on and around your home and managing vegetation within 100 feet. These grants are funding fuel reduction projects, community tools for ongoing efforts, education and outreach, home assessments and equipment or even address signs to assist with emergency response.
DNR works with local fire districts, conservation districts, counties, and extension programs to help Washington residents benefit from the Firewise Communities/USA® Program. Through these efforts 127 communities across the state are nationally recognized, with more on the way.
By their actions, communities like these grant winners and others can earn national recognition from the Firewise Communities/USA® Program for taking steps to reduce wildfire threats to their homes and other structures. See what a community in Redmond is doing to reduce their risk from wildfire in this KOMO news story.
Washington’s climate is changing and as a result wildfire seasons are getting longer and more intense. Print out this homeowner checklist and see what you can do to lessen your risk to wildfire. By taking simple steps, you may not only protect yourself and your family, but also the firefighters who put their lives at risk to fight wildfires. Fire is everyone’s fight.
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