HOT DRY WEATHER MEANS AN INCREASED CHANCE FOR WILDFIRES,
AND WITH THE 4TH OF JULY HOLIDAY -- OFFICIALS ARE
REMINDING YOU TO BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR USE OF FIRE.
KXLY4'S ALYSSA DONOVAN EXPLAINS HOW EVERYONE CAN PLAY
A PART -- IN STAYING SAFE THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND AND
THROUGHOUT WILDFIRE SEASON.
KYLEE FEDERAL AGENCIES AND STATE AGENCIES ARE WORKING
TOGETHER TO THIN OUT TREES AND BRUSH TO DECREASE THE
CHANCE OF FIRES GETTING OUT OF CONTROL.
BUT WHAT THESE AGENCIES ARE SAYING IS THAT IT'S RESIDENTS
AND LAND OWNERS THAT PLAY THE MOST IMPORTANT ROLE
IN KEEPING EVERYONE SAFE.
JUST A FEW DAYS AGO THIS LAND---- LOOKED LIKE THIS.
JUDY WISHER, LAND OWNER
They came out and trimmed it all out and it really
Now the trees that are still left will have room to
BACK IN 1991, - THE YEAR OF FIRESTORM - A WILDFIRE
DEVASTATED JUDY WISHER'S PROPERTY---
Somebody started a fire and it got away from them
because of 45 mile per hour wind and it just came
right through and devastated the area.
I had a shed in the back there and it was just billowing
black smoke, scared me have to death.
SO NOW WISHER DOESN'T TAKE ANY CHANCES.
SHE CONTACTED THE DNR TO COME THIN THE TREES AROUND
AL CROUCH, ASST, FIRE MANAGEMENT OFFICER, SPOKANE
In those really thick stands when you have too many
trees per acre, you see a much higher potential for
extreme fire behavior.
AND NOW IF THERE IS A FIRE---- IT WILL BE EASIER &
SAFER TO CONTROL.
When we have extreme fire behavior like that it's
very risky for firefighters to enter those areas and
put the fires out.
So when we go in and clear stands like this your fire
behavior will be much lower.
It also allows those firefighters to get in quickly
and aggressively and most important safely.
THE THINNING OPERATION DOESN'T JUST HELP WITH FIRE
PREVENTION--- IT'S GOOD FOR THE FORREST TOO.
GUY GIFFORD, DEPT.
The goal is to get these small trees to these big
trees in the next 40 to 50 years.
And without an operation like this in 40 years we
will have a dead forest this size instead of a live
forest with trees this size.
BUT FOR WISHER---- SHE'S JUST HAPPY TO FEEL SAFE THIS
A lot safer, yea.
Because if a fire came through here now it wouldn't
have that much to burn.
THIS HAS BEEN A WEEK
OF REMEMBRANCE FOR WILDLAND FIREFIGHTERS
TO REMEMBER THOSE WHO HAVE GONE FORWARD TO PROTECT
COMMUNITIES AND NOT COME HOME.
HAVING FIRE SAFE COMMUNITIES AND LAND OWNER INVOLVEMENT
IT A CRITICAL PIECE TO KEEPING YOU AND THE FIREFIGHTERS
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE PROACTIVE AND GET YOUR LAND
CLEARED FOR MORE INFORMATION, HEAD TO KXLY DOT COM
AND CLICK ON THE NEWSLINKS TAB.
IN______ i'M ALYSSA DONOVAN KXLY4NEWS.