Whatcom County Executive Satpal Sidhu has proclaimed May as Wildfire Awareness Month in Whatcom County. You can find the official proclamation here: https://www.whatcomcounty.us/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/15462.
Spring is the time to prepare for the upcoming warmer, drier summer months when the potential for wildfire increases.
Fire science experts have identified that wildfire risk is increasing in Western Washington.
The number one cause of home destruction in wildfires are blowing embers.
Research shows that homes ignite due to the condition of the home and everything around it, up to 200 feet from the foundation. This is called the Home Ignition Zone.
Resident Wildfire Safety Tip #1: Clear flammable debris from roof and gutters.
Resident Wildfire Safety Tip #2: Install 1/8” metal mesh screening over all vents except the dryer vent to keep out burning embers.
Resident Wildfire Safety Tip #3: Have a 5-foot wide non-flammable perimeter around the home.
For more information on wildfire preparedness and to learn about the free wildfire preparedness services available to Whatcom County residents, visit our Wildfire Information pages at www.whatcomcd.org/wildfire