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Firewise community threatened by weekend blaze

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MEAD, Wash. -

The Lookout Mountain fire burned near Hazard Road, north of the Little Spokane River Natural Area on Sunday. But it also burned near the River Bluff Ranch community.

The community is a Firewise one. That means they’re better protected and prepared if a wildfire burns into their neighborhood.

Mike Thompson is a retired firefighter and lives in the River Bluff Ranch community. He was watching closely as the fire burned, but

“We already had some good plans in place to minimize those hazards,” he says.

There’s defensible space around their homes, which improves firefighter safety when they’re working on protecting homes. The community also has a text message notification system which was used Sunday to notify residents of the fire nearby.

The community also is educated on the latest information from firewise.org and help with reducing fire fuels.

“People are aware. I think they have a better sense as to what they have to do to be safe,” Thompson says.

So it might be something to consider for your home too to have a better peace of mind.

“As communities move out into the wooded areas and some of the mountainous areas it's important to have that awareness and be a Firewise community so you can protect your valuable property,” he says.

For more information: http://firewise.org/?sso=0

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