- Encouraging residents in high-risk counties to assess risks and take steps to make their homes and properties more wildfire ready.
- Raising awareness and interest in receiving a free Wildfire Ready Plan and home visit or forest health consultation.
- Building understanding of local/state resources and contractors available to assist with risk-reduction activities.
New ‘Wildfire Ready Neighbors’ program will help protect from wildfires
Whether you live on the westside or the eastside of the state, the threat of wildfire is real and growing, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources warns. With that in mind, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz announced on Tuesday, April 4, 2023 the launch of the Western Washington expansion of Wildfire Ready Neighbors. The program is a collaborative effort between the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), community members, home preparedness experts, regional fire and conservation districts, and other partners to better prepare those most at risk during wildfire season. Wildfire Ready Neighbors connects residents with experts and tools to help them take proactive action – from small steps to large – to better protect their homes and surrounding property from wildfire. On Tuesday, Franz was joined by local and state leadership at the Pacific Northwest Wildfire Conference and Exhibition in SeaTac to mark the arrival of Wildfire Ready Neighbors in Western Washington. “It doesn’t matter where you live, no one is immune from the danger of wildfires. Last year’s Bolt Creek, Goat Rocks and Nakia Creek fires are just a few examples of recent fires that threatened homes and properties in Western Washington,” Franz said. “Each community has its own unique wildfire risks, but Wildfire Ready Neighbors’ emphasis on taking simple, manageable steps to make our homes and neighborhoods more resilient to wildfire applies across our diverse state – from Spokane to Shelton, and from the Methow Valley to the Mima Mounds.” Wildfire Ready Neighbors builds upon existing efforts to encourage community engagement with renters, homeowners, and small forest landowners. Across Washington, Wildfire Ready Neighbors is bringing communities together to take collective action by: