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
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EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLAN this is another great
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