A great story rises out of the ashes of a recent Washington State Wildfire. A home survives a wildfire because residents invested themselves in faithfully completing Firewise maintenance projects over the years. They worked on simple things like removing dead grass and weeds in the 100 foot zone around their home and liming up trees. As Brian and Rochele Shugrue shared on the Chelan County Fire District 3’s Facebook page, “Preparing for wildfires takes time but as you can see below, it is well worth the effort.”
When the wildfire was first noticed only a half a mile from their home, they only had 30 minutes to evacuate. That does not afford residents much time to make last minute changes to their property. In fact unless you have prepared a homeowner’s checklist of items to take with you before a wildfire, it gives little time to gather precious possessions and pets and evacuate. Imagine watching from a distance as the wildfire rages and an ember storm rains down upon your home. They also noticed their local fire department working hard to save their home.
Their fire department shared with them, “We want to thank you for the hard work you have done on your property to prepare for the wildfire. Your work allowed us to safely work. A prepared home is not only a home that lowers our risk, it is a home that buys time. Time for you to evacuate safely, time for firefighters to better prepare your property or even time for us to help your neighbors. We are very grateful.”
What would a fire department write to you about your home if a wildfire occurred in your area? Learn about steps that you can take today to protect your home and family in the event of a wildfire.
Photo from the Chelan County Fire District 3 website with their permission.