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As warmer weather arrives, time to prep for summer’s wildfire season!

Credit: The Bellingham Herald

As the weather turns warm and dry, it’s a great time to prepare for the wildfire season

Excerpt from The Bellingham Herald via yahoo!news:

Summer is just around the corner, and the weather is expected to get warmer and dryer. As we get ready for sun and fun we need to prevent and prepare for wildfires.

In 2023, Washington had one of our most challenging wildfire seasons to date with a total of 1,880 wildfires — the second highest recorded reported by Commissioner Franz, DNR Leaders. According to National Fire Protection Association, wildfires cost the US $18 billion in property losses in 2022.

Wildfire Preparedness Day was May 4 so this is a great time to take the following actions:

Reduce risk:

  • Clear fuel sources such as dead vegetation away from your home and other structures.
  • Engage in a local community cleanup day.
  • Proper fire safety on a daily basis to prevent accidental fires.
  • Fire resistant construction.
  • Remain informed of emergency alerts.

Be prepared:

  • Create an emergency kit including food, important documents, battery powered radio, first aid kit and any medicine you need.
  • Have a communication plan for notifying neighbors of an emergency.
  • Practice your family’s escape plan paths out of the house, neighborhood and where to meet.
  • Pack your vehicle with everything you need.
  • Have someone assigned to get the pets so there is no miscommunications.
  • Listen to emergency personnel and evacuate when you are told.

If you’d like more examples, visit the NFPA information page on wildfire preparedness.

For more information, contact the State Fire Marshal’s Office at 360-596-3904.

Posted by Steve on May 11, 2024 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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