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Washington and four other states celebrate wildfire preparedness week

Blog Post created by hyltonhaynes Employee on May 7, 2013

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Wildfire Awareness Week is May 5 - 11

Know your role in wildfire safety

OLYMPIA – In recognition of Wildfire Awareness Week, May 5 – 11, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages everyone to learn their role in preparing for wildfire safety.

This year, DNR is encouraging homeowners, land managers, first responders, developers, business owners, and civic leaders to focus on “Knowing Your Role” when it comes to preparing communities for wildfire. Visit the Fire Adapted Communities website  to learn more about defensible space, fire-resilient building construction, community wildfire prevention planning, the Firewise Program and Ready, Set, Go!

Also, this is the first year that governors from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, and California have joined together to proclaim Wildfire Awareness Week. It’s an important week to learn more about joining forces in local communities to become better prepared for wildfire safety.

If designing or updating a home’s landscape, think of ways to incorporate firebreaks (things that don’t burn) into the landscape design. Defensible space doesn’t have to be an eyesore. Some examples of firebreaks are: concrete, brick or gravel walkways, concrete flower box borders or planters, and water features, such as a pond. Even the backyard swimming pool can serve as a firebreak. Go to www.firewise.org  more specific tips on how to protect homes from wildfire.

Wildfire Awareness Week events around the state of Washington

Chipping Day at Lake Cushman

What:       Lake Cushman Firewise Council Chipping Day

                 Chipping your yard debris throughout the community

When:      May 4 — 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where:     Lake Cushman Maintenance Company, 3740 N Lake Cushman Rd, Hoodsport

Contact:    Jane Potter at 360-802-7030 or email at jane.potter@dnr.wa.gov

Ready, Set, Go! Wildfire Prevention Education

What:       Roll out the new campaign Ready, Set, Go!

                 Education for people to protect their homes

When:      May 7 – 4 p.m.

Where:     Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue Station 2-1

                 2020 Vantage Highway, Ellensburg

Contact:    Deputy Chief Rich Elliot at 509-933-7231

Burn Barrel Exchange

What:       Exchange your burn barrel for a compost bin

When:      May 9, 10, and 11 — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where:     West Waste Landfill, Highway 110, Forks, WA

Contact:    Bryan Suslick at 360-374-2800 or email at bryan.suslick@dnr.wa.gov

Washington’s 100th Firewise Community

What:       Hidden Valley Meadows/Vista Community receives Washington’s 100th Firewise Award

When:      May 10 — 10 a.m.

Where:     140 Leo Lane, Cle Elum, WA  98922

Contact:    Suzanne Wade at 509-925-8585 or email at suzanne-wade@conservewa.net

Media Contact: Janet Pearce, Communications Manager, 360-902-1122, janet.pearce@dnr.wa.gov  

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