The threat of wild land fires for people living near wild land areas or using recreational facilities in wilderness areas is real. Preparing for wild land fires and protecting structures in the wild land has special challenges.

Here are a few things you need to know:

Design and landscape your home with wildfire safety in mind. A distance of 100 -150 feet around your home needs a comprehensive landscape approach. Select materials and plants that resist fire rather than fuel it. Use fire resistant or non-combustible materials on the exterior of the dwelling. Or, treat wood or combustible material used in roofs, siding, decking or trim with UL approved fire-retardant chemicals. Plant fire-resistant shrubs and trees.


When Fire Threatens

Washington State Emergency Management , A Division of Washington Military Department