HOW CAN I HELP?

A. You can review our tips on our website pages and schedule a free site visit by one of our volunteer firefighters. Working with you, we hope to help you identify wildfire threat areas around your home and out buildings.  Its often the little things such as stacking firewood against your home that increase ember problems under your eaves during a wildfire.  The visit would also help us identify terrain issues in case we ever have a wildfire at night on or near your property. Please consider allowing us to provide this service. It could help keep us all safe. We’re here to help.

B. You can attend a meeting and consider joining our team. We will help you become a back up firefighter. We need help in this area as we often have active volunteers away.  If fire threatens your home or property, wouldn’t it be better if you had skills to help operate our equipment? Please consider joining. There is no obligation required.

C. Tell your friends and neighbors about our website. The information could help save property and lives.

– Your Firefighter Team

 

CREATE A DEFENSIBLE SPACE

Defensible space is the required space between a structure and the wildland area that, under normal conditions, creates a sufficient buffer to slow or halt the spread of wildfire to a structure. It protects the home from igniting due to direct flame or radiant heat. Defensible space is essential for structure survivability during wildfire conditions.

Read about DEFENSIBLE ZONES by clicking the READY, SET, GO icon on the left side of each page.  READY, SET, GO provides greater detail to aid residents and firefighters in understanding the wildfire threat and how to minimize it.

NOTE: Be sure and watch the video on the front page of the READY, SET, GO site.  Click the Icon to the left of this line. 

Leaves and cedar duff are ignited by firebrands far in advance of the fire. Firebrands are blowing embers that occur in high winds that often ignite areas around your home. The actual fire may still be far away but the "firestorm" of embers will ignite your home due to winds.

Leaves and cedar duff are ignited by firebrands far in advance of the fire. Firebrands are blowing embers that occur in high winds that often ignite areas around your home. The actual fire may still be far away but the “firestorm” of embers will ignite your home due to winds.

Example of poor defensible zone near home. Shrubs and trees allowed to grow to close to structure.

Example of a poor defensible zone near home. Shrubs and trees allowed to grow too close to structure.