Prepare for Wildfire
May is Wildfire Awareness Month
The governors of Washington, Oregon, Nevada, California, Idaho, Utah, Montana and South Dakota have signed a proclamation recognizing May 2017 as Wildfire Awareness Month. The chief executives encourage everyone to stop fires before they start:
- PLAN now for wildfire season.
- PREPARE your home and landscape with wildfire safety in mind.
- PREVENT your open fires and equipment from sparking the next wildfire.
While more and more Washingtonians are making their homes in woodland settings, they face the very real and growing danger of wildfire.
Every year across our nation, some homes survive - while many others do not - after a major wildfire. Those that survive almost always do so because their owners had prepared for the eventuality of fire, which is an inescapable force of nature in fire-prone wildland areas. For advice on the basics of preparing, see the guide 'How to Prepare for a Wildfire.'
DNR works to help our state become more resilient to the wildfire threat through its Community Wildfire Protection program, by providing Firewise and homeowner education, encouraging preparation, and working to reduce forest fuel.
If you are interested in viewing data for community wildfire protection, wildland urban interface, and Fire Communities planning, check out our Fire Prevention and Fuel Management Mapping System.
Defend Your Home from Wildfire: flyer in English & Spanish