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Emergency Management Thinks Walla Walla County Homes at High Risk of Wildfire

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WALLA WALLA COUNTY, Wash. - With all the recent wildfires Walla Walla County Emergency Management said they are seriously concerned about residents not being properly prepared.

Last August that more than 100,000 acres of land burned near Dayton during the Columbia Complex Fire causing a lot of damage and costing millions of dollars.

Walla Walla Emergency Management Director Don Marlatt said, "If a wildfire like either the School or Columbia Complex Fires were to hit Walla Walla County, we would lose lots of homes and cabins unless owners take action." 

Emergency Management said that a recent study in Walla Walla County found that 41 percent of homes were at high or extreme risk from a wildfire because homeowners are not clearing areas on their property that have dry leaves, branches and other materials that could easily burn. 

The study was done on homes in the county's Wildland Urban Interface located in the eastern part of the county.

Emergency Management and Walla Walla County Fire District 4 have scheduled a workshop to help owners take action.  The workshop takes place Wednesday June 20th at 7 o'clock at night at Fire Station 45 located at 6549 Mill Creek Road.

Emergency Management suggests that residents thin trees and brush, remove limbs and leaves, move firewood, mow dry grass, prune trees to 10', trim branches, clean gutters and reduce tree density.