State fire officials urge homeowners to remove fire risk

State fire officials urge homeowners to remove fire risk

State fire officials are urging home owners to keep themselves safe by removing fire risks around homes.

According to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, 80 percent of homes lost to wildfires may have been saved if brush around the home were cleared and defensible space was created around structures.

This is something local firefighters are always trying to remind the public of.

“You want to have some type of safe space, you know, a buffer between your home and the grasses in the things that can burn,” said Battalion Chief Tod Kreutz with the Kennewick Fire Department in a previous interview.

WADNR recommends that any brush or flammable materials be moved at least 30 feet from homes, decks, wood fences or buildings.

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