Fire Marshal presents tips to protect families, homes, property

Vancouver, WA – May 18, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Experts are predicting an early start to the grass and forest fire season. Meanwhile, Clark County Fire Marshal Jon Dunaway is urging homeowners to take simple steps to prevent injuries and damage.

“We’ve had a mild winter, leaving us with relatively dry soils and plenty of material that can fuel fires,” said Dunaway. “Now’s the time to clean up your buildings and grounds with small tasks that can pay big dividends by guarding against major damage.”

Dunaway recommends these actions in both rural and urban areas:

  • If it can catch fire, don’t let it touch your house, deck or porch.
  • Remove fuel:
     Within 3-5 feet of foundations, outbuildings, garages and sheds.
     Within10 feet of the house.
     Under decks and porches.
     From gutters, eaves, porches and decks.
  •  Maintain your lawn. If it is brown, cut it down. Dispose of debris and cuttings.
  • Prun trees so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet above the ground.
  • Plant slow-growing, carefully placed shrubs and trees for easy maintenance.
  • Landscape with native and flame-resistant plants.

Clark County’s annual burn ban usually begins July 15 and ends Oct. 1. Those dates may change if hazards increase. You may burn unwanted vegetation with a permit from the fire marshal’s office where and when burning is allowed. Details are online at http://www.clark.wa.gov/development/fire/burning.html

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Contact: Jon Dunaway, Fire Marshal
(360) 397-2186 ext. 3324; jon.dunaway (at) clark.wa (dot) gov

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