Wildfire Season Outlook
Interagency Fire Center is predicting a higher wildfire risk
for Western Washington and Oregon this year. The forecast
through spring and into summer continues to indicate warmer
than average conditions for our region. With the potential
for increased wildfires, homes built in and around woodland
areas have an elevated risk. Home owners can play a key role
in reducing their risks.
Things You Can Do Today to Maintain a
• Create a 30
foot zone of fire-resistant space around your home to
prevent fires from starting near or spreading to your home.
Remove dry vegetation, leaves and debris from around your
• Remove or thin overcrowded or small diameter trees. Prune
low hanging branches from the ground to eliminate “ladder
fuels." Keep grass and weeds cut low to prevent rapid spread
of fire and high flames.
• Replace flammable plants like Juniper and Bitterbrush with
fire-resistant shrubs like Vine Maple and Lilac.
• Store firewood piles and combustible materials at least 20
feet away from your home and outbuildings.
• Store gasoline and combustible fuels in an approved safety
can away from occupied buildings.
• Keep your yard and roof clean, clear pine needles, leaves
and debris from your yard, roof and gutters to eliminate
ignition sources. Remove limbs that hang over your roof.
• Choose fire-resistant roofing materials, like composition
shingles, metal or tile roofing. Install spark arrestors on
chimneys to prevent sparks from igniting your roof or
• Prevent combustible materials and debris from accumulating
beneath patio decks or elevated porches.
• Campfires should never be left unattended. Put out the
fire by soaking the embers with lots of water; stir them,
and soak again. Do not bury a fire as the fire will continue
to smolder and may ignite nearby roots.
• Dispose of charcoal briquettes and fireplace ash only
after soaking them with water.
Fire District 27 has FIREWISE
literature and check-out videos available to residents who
would like more information on protecting their home against
wildfires or go to
Predictive Services - National Interagency Fire Center
Fall City Fire District 27 with
Residents and Business Owners
informed about Significant
County is a regional public information and notification
offered by King County Emergency Management to help keep
you informed about potential hazards and threats that
impact your area.
enhanced service will notify subscribers about potential
emergencies in our locality via text, email, and
telephone. Registration is free and confidential.
Once registered, users can edit their
information whenever changes are needed. The system even
accepts multiple email accounts, phone numbers, and
physical addresses (such as home
As part of
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLAN this is another great
communications tool to have and Fall City Fire District
27 encourages you
to sign up for this free service.
Be Aware of Hazards
cautious anytime you or your family are near rivers and
streams. Consider these precautions as spring snow melts and
rivers and streams rise.
Currents - In as little as six
inches, water that may look calm on the surface and appear
slow-moving can have enough force to knock you off your feet
and sweep you downstream. Even a slow current can take you
where you don't want to go, towards hazards, and can leave
strong swimmers unable to reach the shore.
Water Hazards: fallen trees,
branches, logs and rocks can easily puncture rafts and inner
tubes. Debris, and even narrow gaps between rocks can trap
Rivers can be extremely cold below the surface.
Hypothermia can quickly set in and overwhelm even the
strongest of swimmers, causing them to become too weak to
Know your limits
If you’re not a good swimmer or just learning to swim stay
out of currents and do not go in water that’s over your
head. Knowing how to swim is important for anyone who spends
time near or on the water. Make sure your children learn to
swim, and upgrade their swimming skills each year.
Who is most at risk?
Males: Nearly 80% of
people who die from
drowning are male.
Children: In the United Stated among those ages 1-14,
drowning remains the second leading cause of injury-related
Our Rivers are Wonderful Resources
and should be enjoyed but they can be very dangerous. Even
with all we know the most important thing that we can all
use, to be safe on the rivers is "Common Sense".
Wear a Lifejacket -
Nobody plans to drown
2018, 16 people died in preventable drowning in King
County. Drowning along with fire/burns, were the second
leading cause of unintentional injury death for children and
teenagers in Washington.
Children or inexperienced swimmers should always wear a
Coast Guard approved lifejacket when around water. It may
not seem cool but it can save your life.
Avoid Alcohol around water
Alcohol use is involved in up to 50% of adolescent and adult
deaths associated with water recreation. Alcohol impairs
judgment, encourages greater risk taking behavior, reduces
coordination, impairs reaction time and reduces the
effectiveness of CPR, should someone require it.
Set limits for your children
When they can go in the water, where they can go, who needs
to be there and what they should have with them. Just
because they’re with a group of friends does not mean they
can rescue each other if someone gets into trouble. Young
children need to be watched at all times. It can take only
20 to 60 seconds for a child to submerge without warning.
Never Swim Alone
Stop and think every time you go! Rivers are always
changing, do not assume that because it was safe last summer
or last week, that it is safe now!
FIRE DISTRICT RECOMMENDS
THE USE OF LIFEJACKETS ON THE SNOQUALMIE RIVER
Fire District 27 recommends the
of lifejackets while recreating in or near the river. The
warm weather and cold water can create a deadly combination.
Swimmers can suffer from cold-water shock after just a few
minutes in the water. If you do decide to go in the
river use extreme caution
and Wear a Lifejacket!
information - July 1, 2019
A fire safety burn ban is in effect as of July 1 in
unincorporated areas of King County, due to dry and warm
weather conditions and elevated fire danger.
During the ban:
All outdoor burning is prohibited, except for
recreational fires in approved devices and locations.
Recreational fires must be in a designated fire pit using
only charcoal or dry firewood (no milled lumber).
►For more information
The Board of Commissioners
Regular Meetings are
Scheduled on the second
of each month
at 7:00 p.m.
held at the
and are Open
to the Public.
of the Board