Kennewick fire officials to provide information for homeowners on how to create defensible spaces

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KENNEWICK, Wash. — Officials with the Kennewick Fire Department will be providing information to homeowners this week on creating defensible spaces around your home to protect it from vegetation fires.

The Kennewick Fire Department will hang packets on doors of homes in the southern areas of Kennewick, as well as homes near undeveloped areas of the city.

The packets will include a letter from Fire Chief Chad Michael, information on creating defensible spaces, and a CODE RED evacuation application for smart phones.

The fire department says the area is projected to have another active fire season.

There are several precautions you can take to keep your home safe:

  • Cleaning seasonal debris out of gutters.

  • Clearing away leaves in the 0-5 foot “immediate zone” around the house.

  • Removing dead or dying vegetation out to 30 feet from your home.

  • Moving mulch, plants, and firewood piles away from exterior walls.

  • Removing anything flammable stored underneath decks or porches.

For more information you can visit the Kennewick Fire Department’s website.