Warm weather Burn Ban begins June 25, 2021 and ends October 1, 2021

Out of abundance of caution along with DNR and neighboring counties (Pacific, Cowlitz, Lewis, Wahkiakum and Skamania) open burning in Clark County will be closed until Sept. 30.

To have predictable and consistent burn bans, Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania counties jointly implement a policy to ban outdoor burning from July 15 through Sept. 30 each year. Designating this period was based on years of information about fuel conditions. However, under certain conditions, a ban can begin sooner or end later.

If you live near a fire hydrant, check your insurance rate.

The Washington Surveying and Rating Bureau (WSRB) recently re-evaluated our Fire District. We have been at an 8A rating for all residences for several years. The recent re-evaluation dropped the rating level down to a 6 for residences within 1,000 feet of a certified fire hydrant. That could make a considerable reduction in Insurance Premiums for those affected. Call your insurance company and have them check, or contact the WSRB itself to find out if your property is affected by the changes.

Will Your Home Survive a Wildfire?

Improve your Home’s Survivability in the Event of a Wildfire

Give special treatment to the area within 30 feet of your home and all its attachments (wooden decks, fences, and boardwalks) on all sides. Note: the 30-foot number comes from the very minimum distance, on flat ground, that a wood wall can be separated from the radiant heat of large flames without igniting. In this area:

The seven benefits of home fire sprinklers you need to know

A home improvement website recently placed fire sprinklers in the limelight, calling out seven advantages of having them installed in homes. According to their post, sprinklers are:

1. Affordable. The national average is $1.35 per sprinklered square foot, or a mere one percent of a home's total construction cost.