Defending Your Home and Property
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Take responsibility to defend your home from wildfire

Our preparedness efforts are aimed primarily toward adults—people living in or near the woods.
If your home is built in or near the forest, there are steps you can take to guard against wildfire destroying your home. Follow these steps to get started on protecting your home from wildfire.
See how defensible space techniques – clearing brush, limbing trees, etc. – helped save homes from the 2011 Monastery Fire Complex in south-central Washington, while 29 other homes were unfortunately destroyed.

Take Responsibility To Protect Your Property And Your Neighbors!

DNR regulates outdoor burning on all forestlands where we provide wildfire protection. Don’t burn outdoors until you know the rules!

Additional Resources

With Fire Adapted Communities, you can learn more about defensible space, fire-resilient building construction, and community wildfire prevention planning.
The Firewise Program, administered through the National Fire Protection Association, encourages local solutions for wildfire safety by involving you, the homeowner, in taking individual responsibility for preparing your home for the risk of wildfire.
The Ready, Set, Go! (RSG) Program, managed by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), seeks to develop and improve the dialogue between fire departments and the residents they serve. The program helps fire departments teach individuals who live in high risk wildfire areas how to best prepare themselves and their properties against fire threats.
Every year across our nation, some homes survive – while 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. Learn more from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.