Wildfire Prevention Safety Tips

With warm temperatures here to stay, West Pierce Fire & Rescue (WPFR) reminds residents to be fire safe. So far in 2023, brush fire responses for WPFR in Lakewood, University Place and Steilacoom have increased by more than 400% over the same time last year.

When hot weather hits, it is important to know how dry grass quickly turns into fuel for fire. Please take every precaution to not only prevent fires from starting, but keeping your home safe. Please see the following tips on how to not only prevent fires, but how to defend your home, courtesy of Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

Prevent Wildfires:

  • Properly dispose of cigarettes and do not throw them into the open
  • During hot weather, work in the cooler parts of the day (morning and evening) and postpone your work is weather calls for low humidity or high wind
  • Do not park vehicles on dry, grassy areas, as exhaust system heat can ignite dry grass
  • Fireworks are illegal to use outside of designated dates and times

Defend Your Home From Wildfire:

  • Keep a minimum of 5 feet between branches of trees
  • Limb trees at least 10 feet up to reduce the chances of fire getting to the top of the trees
  • Trim vegetation for safe access to your home by the fire department
  • Keep your lawn and vegetation around your home low and green
  • Keep fire fuels (brush, vegetation, trees, beauty bark) at least 30 feet away from the structure

Please also see the Outdoor Burning webpage to understand West Pierce’s permanent burn ban, including yard waste, brush and burn barrels. Recreational fires are allowed and defined on that page as well.

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