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wildfire risk on Whidbey
the science behind home ignition
firewise resources for homeowners
Congratulations to Sierra Community Club!
Whidbey Island's (and Island County's) first nationally-recognized Firewise USA® site.
Why Firewise on Whidbey Island?
When it comes to wildfire, do you think of Whidbey Island? Most would venture east of the mountains, but with growing awareness of the effects that drought-prone summer seasons play in wildfire ignition potential on Whidbey Island, Whidbey Island Conservation District, Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue District, Washington Department of Natural Resources, and the Washington State Conservation Commission came together in July 2016 to create Central Whidbey's first-ever Firewise® Program. As of spring 2017, Firewise has expanded to be available to all Whidbey Island residents, with support from North Whidbey Fire & Rescue District and South Whidbey Fire & EMS. Since 2002, Firewise has been a nationally-recognized outreach and education program that empowers residents to work collaboratively and take proactive steps to protect their homes from wildfire. Its resources and recommendations are tailored to Whidbey Island's unique climate and geography, as well as the individual homes and communities that request its services. Of the over 1,200 recognized Firewise communities today, Washington state took the lead in new communities joining in 2016! There is no better time than now to learn about and prepare homes and properties from the threat of wildfire.
When it comes to wildfire on Whidbey, it's not a matter of if, just a matter of when. Will you be prepared? One of our Firewise specialists can visit your property to conduct a free, one-hour Firewise Home Assessment and will provide you with a list of practical ways to lessen your wildfire risk. Learn from local fire experts about the science behind fire, and steps you and your neighbors can take at home and as a community to be more fire-WISE! Additionally, you can chose to couple your Firewise Home Assessment with an interior Home Safety Survey, a service provided by your local fire department staff. Just check the box on the sign-up form to let us know you'd like to do both!
Questions? Contact Kelsi, WICD’s Firewise Coordinator. You can call (360) 678-4708 or submit your free Firewise home assessment request form here. Our workshops, home assessments, community assessments, & community presentations can be tailored to meet your needs.
What are Firewise's Program Benefits to My Community & Me?