Wildfire defense project to launch

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WALLA WALLA - A project to help rural residents protect their homes from wildfires will get under way Tuesday.

The Fire Defensible Space Hazard Mitigation Project will target the area in the southeastern portion of Walla Walla County. This includes properties along Mill Creek, Blue Creek, Dry Creek and other areas at risk of wildfires in the Blue Mountain foothills.

The project will be carried out by the Walla Walla County Emergency Management and Walla Walla County Fire District 4, said Jim Duncan, county emergency management director. It is being funded by a $120,000 grant to assess the threat of fire to properties and remove vegetative debris to help protect homes and structures,

During the next few months Fire District 4 personnel will assess the fire threat to properties, after which contractors will be hired to remove debris as needed to create defensible spaces on properties of owners who want to participate.

Fire District 4 personnel will do a follow-up fire threat assessment survey at the end of the project. The county Emergency Management Department will provide financial management and provide quarterly reports to the Washington state Emergency Management Division, Duncan said.

On the net

Information on the Fire Defensible Space Hazard Mitigation Project, the Wildfire Vulnerability Study and Firewise guidelines are available at wwemd.info

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