King County is hosting a July 11 meeting to help Vashon residents learn of wildfire risks and reduce those threats to property – Sponsored by the Vashon Land Trust
Vashon-Maury Island residents can learn how to minimize the risks of wildfire to homes and property at a July 11 seminar featuring professional foresters and representatives from Vashon Island Fire and Rescue.
Professional foresters from King County, Washington Department of Natural Resources and the King Conservation District will be joined by Vashon Island Fire and Rescue at a July 11 presentation that looks at the current and long-term probability of wildfire and how Vashon-Maury Island landowners can reduce their risk to fire through proper planning and landscape management.
Thursday, July 11
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Land Trust Building
10014 SW Bank Rd., Vashon
Wildfire is a natural part of the Pacific Northwest’s environment. Just a few days of dry weather can dry out vegetation enough to increase the risk of wildfire. Large fires in eastern Washington are becoming commonplace, while the combination of warmer and dryer summertime weather is increasing the wildfire risk in western Washington as well.
Protection from wildfire can be built right into the home landscape with a combination of pathways, hardened surfaces, flame resistant mulches and carefully chosen plants. Strategic placement of vegetation and a little pruning can go a long way toward reducing the risk to homes during a wildfire while yielding a beautiful, even lush, landscape.
Even simple steps can go a long way to prevent blowing fire embers from igniting homes, including clearing dead leaves and needles from roofs, raking leaves, and storing flammable materials at least 30 feet from structures.
Modeled after the national Firewise USA program, such plans are the first step in preventing the loss of lives, property and resources to wildfire while encouraging forest stewardship among landowners.
• King County Forestry Program
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Doug Williams, Department of Natural Resources and Parks, 206-477-4543
The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks works in support of sustainable and livable communities and a clean and healthy natural environment. Our mission is to foster environmental stewardship and strengthen communities by providing regional parks, protecting the region’s water, air, land and natural habitats, and reducing, safely disposing of and creating resources from wastewater and solid waste.