Community News

Outdoor Burning restrictions lifted effective Wednesday May 15, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Effective Thursday May 15, 2019 Cowlitz County will be lifting restrictions on outdoor burning. All land clearing, residential and silvicultural burning will be allowed with a permit.

Recreational campfires are allowed if built in improved fire pits in designated campgrounds, such as those typically found in local, county, and state parks and in commercial campgrounds. On private land, recreational fires are permitted with the landowner’s permission if built in the following approved manner:

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.