Community Wildfire Safety Planning with 'Firewise'
Prepare for wildfire
Even in temperate western Washington it can take only a few sunny days for forests to dry out enough to catch fire. And, in windy conditions wildfires can get out of control quickly. Wildfires burn every year in east King County.
Before wildfire strikes, homeowners can help protect lives and property by creating a fire-adapted space around structures.
NEW! Firewise Leadership Conference - May 7, 2015
The Firewise Leadership Conference will bring together community leaders, emergency response professionals and land managers to share ideas for promoting individual actions to keep homes and communities safer from wildfire. Valuable for Firewise "veterans" and newcomers alike. Hosted by the Carnation-Duvall Citizen Corps Council and Eastside Fire and Rescue.
Firewise community leaders are residents of communities that have taken steps, or would like to take steps, to make their homes more resistant to wildfire and their communities more resilient in the face of disasters of any kind.
Designed by and for those who live in and near forests, the Firewise Leadership Conference features:
- Planning for the safety of pets and livestock in emergencies. Who depends on you?
- New tools and techniques for using social media to prepare for and respond to emergencies.
- Sharing success stories and new ideas for keeping community members active and engaged.
- Building partnerships with neighbors, agencies and businesses that can help. Price discounts, grants, agency technical assistance...what has worked for you?
- Tips and resources for managing community greenbelts and open spaces for wildfire resilience. Best practices and cost share opportunities.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Sign in - 8:30 a.m.
Program 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Helena Lodge at Camp River Ranch
33300 NE 32nd Street, Carnation, WA
Registration is free and includes lunch. Click here to register. Please email Linda Vane to alert us to any dietary restrictions you may have.
Funded in part by the King County Community Engagement Grant program.
Top 5 Tips for maintaining a wildfire safety zone in the 30 feet around your home
- Use fire-resistant construction materials such as Class-A asphalt shingles, metal and concrete products for your roof.
- Keep blowing embers out of your house. Cover exterior vents with fine (1/8-inch or smaller) mesh.
- Remove all dead plant material from around your home. Rake up dry leaves (under decks and porches too!) and move firewood away from the house. Keep your roof and gutters clear of flammable debris.
- Take out "ladder fuels," vegtation between grass and treetops that can carry fire between foliage and structures. Prune branches that overhang or touch the house.
- Use fire-resistant plants in the garden. Read our list of fire-resistant plants for the Puget Sound Basin (PDF), or search our illustrated online Native Plant Guide for fire-resistant plants.
Read our illustrated article in the August 2012 "Fire and Ice" issue of B&B magazine (external link).
Outside the 30-foot zone, manage woodlands for forest health. Fire safe forests can also be healthy forests. Forests with sufficient growing space for trees are not only less susceptible to fire, properly managed forests are healthier and more drought tolerant that forests where trees are crowded together with many dead lower limbs or dry brush.
Learn more tips for creating beautiful and fire-safe landscapes from our brochure, Fire Safety Tips for Rural Homeowners.
See Ciscoe on Fire!
Watch host Ciscoe Morris fight wildfire with flowers in this 20-minute video. Tips on colorful plant choices for fire-resistant landscapes.
King County's areas of highest wildfire risk
Washington Department of Natural Resources performed wildfire risk assessments for six areas in King County that were judged to be at high risk for wildfire. These areas include neighborhoods in the greater North Bend, Black Diamond/Green River Gorge, Cumberland, Kanaskat/Selleck, Lake Retreat/Rock Creek, and Snoqualmie Pass areas.
Firewise Communities/ USA
Firewise Communities/USA is a national program that encourages local solutions for wildfire safety. It is co-sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, US Department of the Interior, and the National Association of State Foresters.
This service page is provided by the King County Forestry Program.
King County's Firewise work is funded in part by Federal funds allocated to counties under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000.