Our state’s record fires underscore the fact that wildfires are an increasing threat across the region. Most of King County is at moderate risk, but with more people living in areas where forests and development come together (commonly referred to as the “wildland urban interface”) there’s increased risk to life and property from wildfires.
Homeowners taking responsibility for wildfire safety actions to protect their property is what being “Firewise” is all about.
KCD Wildfire Services
KCD has expanded its rural forest health management services to provide a range of wildfire resiliency services to help homeowners and communities prepare for wildfire. This work is being done with funding through the KCD Working Lands Initiative (WLI) and in partnership with the King County Forestry Program. The wildfire resiliency services offered by KCD include the following:
Wildfire Risk Assessments and Planning
- Site visits to conduct wildfire risk assessments of individual homes sites as well as communities.
- Firewise Community Action Plans for communities interested in implementing forest fuels reduction projects.
- Wildfire Resiliency planning and recommendations for forest landowners through the KCD Rural Forest Health Management Program.
Forest Fuels Reduction
Some of the basic Firewise principles are, to thin dense trees and minimize woody debris to create healthier, more fire-resistant landscapes. Here are some examples of projects we may be able to help with:
- Hosting a ‘Chipper Day’ during which community residents collect excess brush from their properties and create stacks near the roadsides and driveways for subsequent chipping by a professional tree service crew.
- Implementation of Firewise practices such as tree thinning, pruning, and removal of dead and down wood.