August 24, 2011
DNR to demonstrate how to protect homes from wildfire
Media invited to view Spokane home that survived wildfire
SPOKANE – Members of the media are invited to join a Spokane landowner and staff from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to view landscaping and construction techniques that can protect homes from wildfire. The demonstration will take place at a residence on Smythe Road where the owner’s ‘defensible space’ techniques helped the home survive a wildfire in 1991 – the same year as the “Fire Storm” outbreak that included the Nine Mile Fire and others that destroyed 114 homes and burned more than 35,000 acres in northeastern Washington.
| Who:||DNR fire prevention experts and homeowner |
| What:||Demonstration of proven techniques that can protect homes from wildfire |
| When:||11 a.m. to Noon, Thursday, August 25, 2011 |
| Where:||17008 S. Smythe Road, Spokane, WA 99224 |
|To inform homeowners of practical, low-cost techniques of landscaping and construction that can substantially improve the wildfire survival of homes and other structures. |
From Interstate 90, take Exit 279 and head south on US-195.
Go 10.3 miles and take a right on Paradise Rd.
Go 0.8 miles and take the first left on Keeney Rd.
Go 0.5 miles and turn right to stay on Keeney Rd.
At about 0.4 miles, Keeney Rd. becomes Smythe Rd.
Go about another 0.4 miles, and the house will be on the right.
(If you reach Dynamite Lane, you have gone about 0.1 miles too far.
Lessons learned. DNR shows defensible space tactics that spared Spokane home from huge 1991 #WaWildfire http://bit.ly/qMdWPN
Bob Redling, Senior Communications Manager, 360-902-1149, firstname.lastname@example.org
Guy Gifford, DNR NE Region, 509-990-6218, email@example.com
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