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Firewise program urges homeowners to reduce hazards

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PROSSER, Wash. -- The Taylor Bridge wildfire near Cle Elum has now destroyed more than 50 homes.

Strong winds can make it tough to control a fast moving blaze. But there are steps homeowners can take to protect their homes if a brush fire breaks out.

The Benton Conservation District is offering homeowners the Fire wise community program.

District officers visit homes and offer recommendations on how to reduce and prevent fire hazards, "landscaping that's been placed around the house that looks pretty, but is actually a fire risk. Also, when you get to an area when you don't have sprinklers available to that area and they just let it grow," explains Erin Hightower of the Benton Conservation  District.

The district says the best time to take care of fire hazards around your home is in the fall and spring.

If you're interested give them a call at 509-786-1923.