Wildland fire

MOSES LAKE - Grant County is working to develop a plan to better protect communities from wildfires and prevent future fires.

The Grant County Department of Emergency Management is working with the Bureau of Land Management and Northwest Management, Inc. to develop a Community Wildfire Protection Plan, according to Emergency Management Generalist Michele Haughton.

The plan will include risk analyses to determine where fires are likely to ignite and how they may impact communities and the environment.

Wildfires burned more than 400,000 acres in Washington last year, including more than 250,000 acres in nearby Okanogan County, according the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.

The project will assess fire risks in the county and make recommendations that will not only help prevent wildfires, but will also help create a more "fire-resistant" Grant County and provide public wildfire education, according to Haughton.

"Some of the goals of this project are to improve awareness of wildland fire issues locally, identify high fire risk areas and develop strategies to reduce this risk, and improve accessibility of funding assistance to achieve these goals," Haughton stated.

A planning committee was formed and meets on Feb. 12 at 1:30 p.m. at the Grant County Fairgrounds 4-H Building. The meeting is open to the public.

The committee includes representatives from local fire districts, Grant County, Department of Natural Resources and the Bureau of Land Management.

For more information or for anyone interested in participating in the planning committee, contact Brad Tucker with Northwest Management, Inc. at 208-883-4488 ext. 117.

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