Are you Ready for Fire Season?
According to the latest forecast from the National Interagency Fire Center much of the Pacific Northwest is facing “significant large fire potential” for this summer. The long- range outlook is predicting that warmer and drier than average conditions for Washington through July coupled with cancelled prescribed burning have the potential for increasing our fire problem this season. Add the possibility of staffing issues due to the Covid-19 pandemic and we will all be working hard this year to minimize our fire loss.
So, what can you do now as a property or home owner?
With our current Stay at Home directive in place we should being thinking about creating defensible space. Now is the perfect time to get outside and take these easy steps to protecting your home:
- Create at least 30 to 100 feet of defensible space around your home (firewise.org)
- Create a “fire free” area within 5 feet of your home using non-flammable landscaping materials and low-growing, high moisture plants.
- Clean roofs (remove branches and leaves), gutters (clear pine needles) and decks (move flammable furniture.)
- Reduce brush, prune trees (to a minimum of 6 feet from ground) and mow/water grasses regularly to reduce “ladder fuels” that can carry fire from the ground to your home.
- Move wood piles, propane tanks, and other flammable items at least 30 feet away from structures.
- Replace vent screens with 1/8” or smaller screens to prevent firebrands from entering.
- Consider using Class-A asphalt roof shingles, clay tile, or slate roofing materials.
For free Firewise assessments of your home and property please contact Chelan Fire & Rescue at 509-68-4476 and we will gladly schedule a convenient time for you so that our crews can come out and complete the assessment with you.
Remember, we are all in this together in keeping our community safe and healthy.