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Fire Prevention Tips

Follow these tips for preventing fires around your property!

  • Clear any buildup of pine needles, leaves, and other flammable materials from your roof, gutters, porch, and under your deck.
  • Trim larger trees’ limbs to heights of at least 10 feet. Make sure there is about 5 feet between branches of other large trees.
  • Weed-whack or mow long grass around your home. Ideally, you want to have at least 30 feet of short, watered lawn around your home.
  • Move wood piles more than 30 feet from your home.
  • Remove propane tanks from within 30 feet of your home. In a wildfire, they can vent and shoot flame vertically.
  • Install visible house numbers on your home, driveway, and street.
  • Repair shingles, tiles, and other roofing material.
  • Use metal mesh (1/8-inch mesh is good) to prevent embers from landing in vents and eaves and under decks.
  • Know your family’s emergency plan if a wildfire comes quickly.

Pictures from the 4th of July Holiday Weekend Fires

Fire burns a field off of Old McKenna Highway during the 4th of July Holiday weekend.

Fire burns a field off of Old McKenna Highway during the 4th of July Holiday weekend.

SETFA (Yelm & Rainier) fire engines respond to 4th of July holiday weekend fire.

SETFA (Yelm & Rainier) fire engines respond to late night fire during the 4th of July holiday weekend.

SETFA (Yelm & Rainier) Fire Captain Eric Hetland walks the burnt field with Department of Natural Resources and SETFA personnel.

SETFA (Yelm & Rainier) Fire Captain Eric Hetland walks a burnt field with Department of Natural Resources and SETFA personnel.

SETFA (Yelm & Rainier) Fire Captain Eric Hetland surveys the damage to a field in Yelm that burned during the 4th of July weekend.

SETFA (Yelm & Rainier) Fire Captain Eric Hetland surveys the damage to a field in Yelm that burned during the 4th of July weekend. Fire in field near manufactured housing community in Yelm. Fire was extinguished without incident or damage to homes. No evacuation was needed.

SETFA Fire Captain Eric Hetland (left) and SETFA Firefighter Tony Brosco (right).

SETFA Fire Captain Eric Hetland (left) and SETFA Firefighter Tony Brosco (right).

SETFA (Yelm & Rainier) Career Firefighter Matt Blasco (left), SETFA Career Firefighter Tony Brosco (center), and Yelm City Police Officer Devon Taylor (right).

SETFA (Yelm & Rainier)  Firefighter Matt Blasco (left), SETFA Firefighter Tony Brosco (center), and Yelm City Police Officer Devon Taylor (right).

SETFA (Yelm & Rainier) Firefighter Matt Blasco (left) talks to SETFA  Firefighter Tony Brosco (right).

SETFA (Yelm & Rainier) Firefighter Matt Blasco (left) talks to SETFA Firefighter Tony Brosco (right).

SETFA (Yelm & Rainier) and Department of Natural Resources personnel carry a water hose.

SETFA (Yelm & Rainier) and Department of Natural Resources personnel carry a water hose.

SETFA (Yelm & Rainier) and Department of Natural Resources personnel extinguish hot spots in scorched field in Yelm.

SETFA (Yelm & Rainier) and Department of Natural Resources personnel extinguish hot spots in scorched field in Yelm.

SETFA (Yelm & Rainier) and Department of Natural Resources personnel extinguish hot spots in scorched field in Yelm.

SETFA (Yelm & Rainier) and Department of Natural Resources personnel extinguish hot spots in scorched field in Yelm.

SETFA (Yelm & Rainier) and Department of Natural Resources personnel extinguish hot spots in scorched field in Yelm.

SETFA (Yelm & Rainier) and Department of Natural Resources personnel extinguish hot spots in scorched field in Yelm.

SETFA (Yelm & Rainier) and Department of Natural Resources personnel extinguish hot spots in scorched field in Yelm.

SETFA (Yelm & Rainier) and Department of Natural Resources personnel extinguish hot spots in scorched field in Yelm.

SETFA (Yelm & Rainier) and Department of Natural Resources personnel extinguish hot spots in scorched field in Yelm.

SETFA (Yelm & Rainier) and Department of Natural Resources personnel extinguish hot spots in scorched field in Yelm.