Officials say those fires burning across the state are just the start of what could be an above-average fire season.and they say there's no time like the present to protect your home from danger.
Kxly4's taylor graham... working for you tonight...she spoke with an expert today... to learn which warning signs you should be watching out for.
I'm told those red flags fall in an area called the "home ignition zone"...extending from your front porch... out to the trees surrounding your home.and firewise coordinator guy gifford says a few simple steps to get rid of natural fuels in this zone... will go a long way this fire season.
Nats: helicopter (2)flames are already tearing through the inland northwest.nats: engine (1)and these crews are ready for fire season.are you?
59:34:07 (5) guy gifford dnr vo: "over 90 percent of our fires in spokane county and the surrounding area are caused by humans."guy gifford has been with the department of natural resources for 34 years...so he knows a thing or two about fires.he says... fire danger could be sitting right in your own yard!and that's why it's important for homeowners to clear what's called the "home ignition zone."it's broken up into three areas.the first: your home and the five feet surrounding it.56:35:19 (12) zone 1 guy gifford dnrvo: "keep it clean.
Don't have anything that could easily ignite from a single match.
An ember is just like a match.
On cam: "so if anything around that zone one could easily ignite, do something with it.
Remove it for the summer."the second area covers the thirty feet around your house.20:08 (7) zone 2vo: "that's your yard, your garden.
An area that won't readily burn that protects your house from the flames when a tree burns out in your forest land."and the third area can stretch as far as 300 feet away from your property.30:14 (10) zone 3 "that's where you thin the trees out, thin some of the bushes out, vo: "so we get flame lengths down to an intensity where we can easily put out as firefighters."
Gifford says by getting rid of natural fuels...by clearing pine needles... taking care of your lawn... and thinning out trees and bushes...you'll be doing firefighters... and yourself... a favor come fire season.58:45:08 (4)vo: "those little things that take up not a lot of time... but could make a big difference."
If you're having a hard time thinning out your trees...or you don't know where to start on your fire prevention plan... gifford says the department of natural resources can help.to find out how.... head our website at kxly dot com.live from spokane, taylor graham, kxly 4 news.