There's a lot of good advice out there on how to make your home and property more resilient against wildfire. Follow the information for ways to protect your life and property from wildfire.
FREE Leaf Bags!
Wildfire season is here and you can reduce your risk by removing fine debris around your home. Some places to look include gutters, decks, in hedges, and behind the old BBQ.
Bags are available at the Fire Station 10 (731 N. Wenatchee Ave. ) front desk M-F 8:00am - 5:00pm. You can always ring the bell after hours and we'll answer if we're home.
Our leaf bags also come with FREE disposal thanks to Stemilt Organic Recyclers. Simply take your filled bags to Stemilt's new compost location at 1885 S. Wenatchee Ave. and drop them off for free!
Limit 10 per Department household. While supplies last.
Wenatchee Valley Fire is pleased to offer these bags at no cost because of our partnerships with Stemilt Organic Recyclers, Washington Department of Natural Resources, and the Washington Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network.
A home built
This video from the Institute for Business and Home Safety highlights ignition vulnerabilities of a home under a simulated ember shower. Current research estimates 80% of structures lost to wildfire are due to embers. Click the video to watch.
Protect your home from wildfire
Laboratory research and post fire analysis has given us helpful insight to how homes burn during a wildfire. The linked document to the left is a wonderful resource for identifying mitigation actions on and around your home before the next fire starts.
Looking for something specific? Click on any of the descriptions to view one page fact sheets from IBHS and FirewiseUSA.
Help us help you!
Blue reflective address signs are highly visible for en route first responders. Properly paced address signs on your home and at the end of your driveway help us find your residence when seconds count. Follow this link to our address sign page:
Alert Sense is our community's emergency messaging service. Our local Sheriff's Office of Emergency Management uses it to send alerts for wildfire evacuations of your property via text message. Signing up by clicking the link to the left. Emergency notifications are automatically sent to phones in the area of a fire, but you may not receive an alert while on vacation, or even at work. By signing up, you will receive alerts in any location with cellular service keeping you connected to conditions at home.
Helpful tip: there are many types of alerts, be sure to check "fire warning."
Following Your County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Management on Facebook is another great way to receive up to date information on wildfires and other natural hazards impacting our area.
FIRE RESISTANT PLANTS
The Chelan/Douglas Master Gardener Program published a plant guide for our area with over 70 pages of plants to make you landscape beautiful and fire resistant! Click the image to view the tri-fold brochure! Free copies of the 70 page resource are available at:
WSU Extension Office
400 Washington Street
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Hiring a Landscaper?
Wenatchee Valley Fire and the WSU Master Gardener Program have partnered with area landscape professionals to improve our fire resilient landscapes! From arborists to landscape designers, click the picture for a contact list of professionals who have taken our fire resilient landscapes course.
Doing it yourself?
Here is a list of local rock suppliers who deliver crushed rock for your defensible space project:
Ready, Set, go!
This guide contains wildfire preparedness and evacuation information for residents. This is a great resource to distribute at your next HOA meeting! A PDF is attached to the photo link, and hard copies in English and Spanish are available at our Easy St. station.
It's important to note Chelan County uses evacuation levels 1, 2 & 3 to describe the threat of an approaching fire.
Further information or copies of any of the above information can be found at:
731 N. Wenatchee Ave.
Wenatchee, WA 98801