SPOKANE VALLEY, WASHINGTON — Tuesday night around 1911 hours, firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire in the 9300 block of North Idaho Road Newman Lake area in Spokane Valley, Washington State.
SVFD firefighters quickly responded along with mutual aid from Spokane County Fire District #13 (Newman Lake Fire Department) and were able to work together and quickly knock down the fire. They were able to stop it from extending to a nearby home.
Fire Officials wish to remind homeowners and residents who live in rural areas where there is no defensible space around their homes and other structures, to clear away brush. This will protect any nearby exposures near the fire building from being impacted and/or not having fire extend to nearby brush and causing a wildfire.
The definition of Defensible space” is also used in the context of wildfires, especially in the wildland-urban interface (WUI). This defensible space reduces the risk that fire will spread from one area to another, or to a structure, and provides firefighters access and a safer area from which to defend a threatened area. (Source: wikipedia)
Don’t know how to create a “defensible space”? Here are some really good resources to visit:
- WA DNR – https://www.dnr.wa.gov/firewise
- CAL FIRE – https://www.readyforwildfire.org/prepare-for-wildfire/get-ready/defensible-space/
- Energy.gov – https://basc.pnnl.gov/resource-guides/defensible-space-protection-against-wildfires
- Wildfireprepared.com – https://www.wildfireprepared.com/defensible-space.html
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