CHEHALIS – Three wildfires continue to burn, mostly grass and brush near East Wenatchee, Cheney and Clarkston. It’s that dry vegetation along I-5 and around rural homes that are of concern to local firefighters. Chief Ken Cardinale and his crew at Lewis County Fire District 6 want to best protect homes with green space around them. At fire station 62 in Adna Saturday at 10 a.m., firefighters will hold the first of two complimentary programs on defensible space protections from wild land fires. The public is invited to attend. Chief Cardinale says, “Fuel moisture is very low with the latest readings in the 6% range when lumber at market is in the range of 10-15%.” Look around and if you have trees, brush or grasses within a few feet of your home to protect against wildfires. “It is a real threat and the best thing homeowners can do is partner with us, to help us help them”, Cardinale added. What can a homeowner do? “Clear a perimeter around your house, cutting the grass down within 10-20 feet of your house, limbing up trees and changing out bark mulch for gravel,” he said. Chief Cardinale says firefighters train each year to battle wild land fires. Washington State Department of Natural Resources firefighters are ready to assist with ground and air support, if a wildfire were to begin. Photo: courtesy Seattle Times

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