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Free Firewise Workshop in Spokane May 19-20 
 


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April 26, 2011

NOTE: The Firewise flyer has all the details for attending this workshop. The first 20 participants will receive a free night of lodging on May 19.


Free Firewise Workshop in Spokane May 19-20

OLYMPIA – Now is the perfect time to start thinking about protecting homes from wildfire. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Spokane County Conservation District, and Washington State University Extension provide valuable advice at the Firewise Communities Workshop to landowners on what they need to know before a wildfire strikes.

The Firewise Communities Workshop teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take action now to prevent losses. We all have a role to play in protecting ourselves and each other from the risk of wildfire.

 Who: Anyone is invited
 What: Free Firewise Communities Workshop
 When: May 19 & 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 Where:

 

 Quality Inn Valley Suites
 E. 8923 Mission Avenue
 Spokane, WA  99212

 Why: To learn how to reduce the risk of wildfire

Directions and web link
Quality Inn Valley Suites - http://www.spokanequalityinn.com/  
From Interstate 90, take Exit 287. Go south on Argonne approximately ¼ mile to Mission. Go west on Mission about one block, and the Quality Inn will be on the north side of Mission.

What will you learn?

  • Participants will learn how individuals and communities can reduce unnecessary losses from wildfires.
  • DNR programs offer assistance for identifying and removing hazardous fire fuels; chipping and disposal of tree parts and brushy vegetation; and creating defensible space around homes and neighborhoods.
  • Take part in a computer-based interactive exercise to develop a mitigation plan for a fictional community facing catastrophic wildfire.
  • All participants who complete the workshop will receive free training materials.

Learn more about Firewise Projects and how they significantly decrease wildfire activity, which allows firefighters to defend homes more safely and effectively.

Media Contact: Janet Pearce, Community Outreach and Environmental Education, 360-902-1122, janet.pearce@dnr.wa.gov
 
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 Contacts

Guy Gifford
Northeast Region
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
509-990-6218
guy.gifford@dnr.wa.gov

DNR Communications & Outreach Office
360-902-1016
dnrnews@dnr.wa.gov

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