State Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark says more Washington residents need to take steps to protect their homes in the event of a wildfire.
A recent wildfire north of Goldendale burned more than 100
structures, including 29 homes. Goldmark flew over that fire to
assess the damage and says he saw too many structures that didn't
have defensible space around them.That included homes that burned and homes that didn't.
The National Fire Protection Association's Firewise communities
program urges residents to clear brush, thin trees, clean out
gutters and sweep pine needles off decks to prevent a wildfire from
The group recognizes communities that have taken steps to
prevent themselves from wildfires. More than 700 sites in 40 states
have been recognized as "firewise". There are 84 firewise communities in
Washington State including several in the Chelan Valley.