by NFPA's Faith Berry
State legislators in Washington are helping their constiuents prepare for wildfire. According to the website of Rep. Brian Blake (D-Aberdeen), Chair of the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee, and Rep. Joel Kretz (R-Wauconda), the legislators will host presentations by local and state officials for the local community about preparations for the upcoming 2015 fire season today, January 5th. What a good way to start out the new year with a bipartisan effort to plan a course for residents of Washington State to be safer in the event of a wildfire. This meeting notice was posted on December 14, 2014.
The meeting will be held at the Brewster High School Library Monday, January 5th from 7 to 9 pm. According to Representative Blake’s website, “Legislators and invited local and state officials including Peter Goldmark, Commissioner of Public Lands, and Frank T. Rogers, Okanogan County Sheriff, as well as Chuck Duffy, Washington State Fire Marshal, among others.”
One item of discussion will include preparations for the next fire season. Do you know what kind of preparations are being made in your area before a wildfire season begins? What are you planning to accomplish to make your home and community safer in 2015? Is 2015 going to be a “Year of Living Less Dangerously" for you and your community? To learn more about how you can complete an assessment with your community and fire and land management agencies to plan a course of more effective action visit the NFPA’s Firewise Website. And plan on participating in the Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 2!
A picture of the Carlton Complex Fire in Washington State taken by Jason Kriess, SFC, Washington National Guard.