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Above normal fire danger predicted for Eastern Washington

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Washington State Fire Marshal's office says projected dry conditions will lead to above normal fire potential in Washington this summer.

As more people move to remote areas, it creates an environment where fire can move readily between structures and vegetation. According to the Fire Marshal's office this environment is called the 'wildland urban interface' or WUI.

Structure protection in the WUI is one of the most difficult and dangerous jobs for wildland firefighters and there is no guarantee that they will be able or available to protect individual homes. 

"Homeowners should do all they can to protect their own property and take full responsibility for their own fire safety," says State Fire Marshal Mike Matlick. 

Addressing conditions within the Home Ignition Zone, the home and adjacent surroundings within 100 to 200 feet, largely influences the effectiveness of protection during a wildfire.

The State Fire Marshal's Office offers the following suggestions to make your home and property Fire-wise:

LINK>> Example of recommended conditions in a Home Ignition Zone

  • Within 30 feet of the home - Plant fire-resistant vegetation. Water plants and trees regularly to ensure that they are healthy and green. Mow the lawn regularly. Prune shrubs and cut back tree branches, the lowest branches should be 6-10 feet high and should not overhang any part of your home.
  • Within 30 to 100 feet from the home - Any trees should be spaced 20-30 feet between crowns to prevent fire spread. Plant in small, irregular clusters or islands. Separate shrubs by at least 2 times their mature height. Create fuel breaks, such as driveways, gravel walkways and lawns.
  • Beyond 100 feet - Prune and thin trees and brush. To slow the spread of fire, thin dense tree groups so canopies are not touching. Remove heavy accumulation of woody debris, such as piles of stem wood or branches.



 

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