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Firewise Education Day
Posted on Jul 9th, 2019
On Sunday July 14th at 6pm at the Firehall, we will be showing "Inside The Megafire", a just released, amazing, PBS Nova movie that lasts 55 minutes, and is a very current update on the fire situation.  Our DNR forester, Dan Lennon, is also back in action, and will be there to provide some insight and answer questions. We will have educational materials available too.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.  You are welcome to bring your own non-alcoholic beverages if you want.  Please do not park in front of the bay doors at the fire station in case there is a call out.
Burn Ban
Posted on May 31st, 2019
The burn ban goes into effect at midnight on May 31, 2019.  NO MORE BURNING until burn ban ends in the fall.  Please be careful and be Firewise during the coming months when there is increased risk of wildfire.
Firewise Go Fund Me
Posted on May 31st, 2019
Firewise has opened a Go Fund Me page under Ponderosa Park Firewise Needs Your Help.  If you are inclined to help your community's Firewise Program please access our Go Fund Me page and donate!  This will help us continue the chipping program and apply for grants.  To donate, click here to access our page.  Thank you neighbors.
Your Firewise committee has also brought our concerns to the planning meeting for the 5 year plan for Central Klickitat's Conservation District.  One of their goals is Forest Health and Wildfire Protection.  We are also looking at a couple of grants that we might be eligible for.
Wildfire Prepareness Day
Posted on May 4th, 2019
May 4th is Wildfire Preparedness Day. Spring is a good time to think about making your property more Firewise.  Take a look at the defensible space around your home. Remove dead vegetation around your home.  Clear pine needles and debris from gutters, and from the roof of your home and outbuildings. Move wood piles away from your dwelling.  Keep grasses mowed.  Don't store flammable objects next to your house, or under decks.  Dicuss a disaster plan with your family, with details about meeting places, and people and animal evacuation routes.  Make sure you have working smoke detectors with new batteries.
Be safe!
Firewise Sprint 2019 Work Party
Posted on Apr 8th, 2019
On Saturday, April 6, 2019, a group of volunteers from Ponderosa Park cleared the bitter brush from along Red Cedar.  A rainy day at the start but dry by the end.  Below is a before picture.
Some of the volunteers.
It's Firewise Time
Posted on Jan 10th, 2019
Remember to be Firewise! October through January is prime time for thinning and limbing. Now is also a great time to get a new burn permit from Rural 7 in Goldendale, since the old burn permits expired December 31st, 2018. Also, remember to get signed up for Reverse 911 for Klickitat County, and get alerts on your phone. Have a Happy and Safe New Year!
Firewise Winter Work Party
Posted on Dec 1st, 2018
Residents participating in the 12/1/2018 Firewise work party on Golden Pine.
Fire Prevention Week
Posted on Oct 8th, 2018
Dan Lennon, our DNR forester, has sent us some information from Firewise USA.  This is Fire Prevention Week, and the 2018 theme is LOOK. LISTEN. LEARN. BE AWARE.  Fire can happen anywhere.  Firewise USA is launching three resources on their website: a video, a webinar, and an online learning module.  "Your Home and Wildfire", a four minute video launched today and can be accessed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfbEcMeYFFA.  " Wildfire and Insurance: Be Financially Prepared", a live webinar, will be broadcast October 10th, noon our time.  Registration is required at: https://www.nfpa.org/Training-and-Events/By-type/Webinars/Wildfires-and-insurance-learn-how-to-be-financially-prepared.  "Understanding the Wildfire Threat to Homes" is an interactive learning module for residents which will launch October 12th, and can be found on the Firewise USA site, or at: https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Wildfire/Firewise-USA/Online-learning-opportunities/Online-courses.  Good stuff to help make us safer!
Firewise Volunteer Hours
Posted on Oct 3rd, 2018
If you are NOT doing a community or individual cost share, you can still help yourself and your community.  You can submit volunteer hours on this website for hours you spend thinning, limbing, and removing brush.  Look under Data Entry Forms, and fill out a Firewise Volunteer Sheet.  Dan Lennon, our DNR Forester, says that when we find and apply for grants, showing that we are working at being Firewise will increase our chances of receiving grants, even though the hours already accumulated don't count toward the grant.  If we do get a grant, that money can be put to use for projects that make us all safer.
Firewise Community Cost Share Program
Posted on Aug 12th, 2018
Sign up for Firewise Community Cost Share by August 15th, and get your chipping free! If we can get 10 or more neighbors to sign up, we can apply for a DNR community cost share. You do the thinning, limbing, and brush clearing on your own property. You commit to doing the work on the area you choose: one acre, two acres, 5 acres. You have two years to do the work after we get DNR approval (before the October to January best work time starts.) A member of the Firewise Committee will review your project with you. Then the DNR brings in a chipper and chips your slash twice a year for free! Act now. Sign ups needed ASAP. Community Cost Share sign up form available in data entry forms on this site or click here to bring up the form.

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