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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.

July 18th Weekend Fires

As you all know conditions are extremely hot and dry out there, making fields and underbrush instant fuel for a giant and dangerous problem: wild/brush fires. While we may be used to these wildfires on the east side of the state, we’re seeing these  fires pop up on the west side too, and what’s worse, it’s sometimes hitting close to urban and residential areas.

Here are a couple of pictures from this past weekend’s fires at Johnson Creek and Mill Road/109th. Not all wild fires are man-made of course, but please use this a reminder to be careful not to accidentally spark a fire by carelessly flicking a cigarette butt out your car window, or by leaving campfires unattended/not fully extinguished.

Take care folks!

Johnson Creek Brush Fire

  • No structures lost
  • No injuries
  • Approximately 1 acre burned
SETFA (Yelm & Rainier Fire Dept.) responds to the Johnson Creek brush fire, July 18, 2015. A DNR helicopter dumps water on fire.

SETFA (Yelm & Rainier Fire Dept.) responds to the Johnson Creek brush fire, July 18, 2015. A DNR helicopter dumps water on fire.

SETFA (Yelm & Rainier Fire Dept.) responds to the Johnson Creek brush fire, July 18, 2015. A DNR helicopter dumps water on fire.

SETFA (Yelm & Rainier Fire Dept.) responds to the Johnson Creek brush fire, July 18, 2015. A DNR helicopter dumps water on fire.

Mill Road/109th Ave SE Brush Fire

  • No structures lost
  • No injuries
  • Approximately 6 acres burned

S.E. Thurston Fire Authority responded to a threatening brush fire on Saturday, July 18 at 5:33 pm. First arriving SETFA Fire Crews found a fast moving brush fire threatening multiple structures. SETFA Fire crews were able to prevent any structural losses. Fire was turned over to the Department of Natural Resources at 10:30 pm.

SETFA (Yelm & Rainier Fire Dept.) respond to fast growing brush fire threatening residential structures.

SETFA (Yelm & Rainier Fire Dept.) respond to fast growing brush fire threatening residential structures.