Wildfire Protection

1. Clear leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches and decks. This prevents embers from igniting your home. 

2. Remove dead vegetation and other items from under your deck or porch, and within 10 feet of the house. Learn more about the basics of defensible space on the Firewise website. 

1.  Assemble an emergency supply kit and place it in a safe spot. Remember to include important documents, medications and personal identification. Use this helpful checklist.

2.  Develop an emergency evacuation plan and practice it with everyone in your home. 

1.  Contact your local planning/zoning office to find out if your home is in a high wildfire risk area, and if there are specific local or county ordinances you should be following. 

2.  If you are part of a homeowner association, work with them to identify regulations that incorporate proven preparedness landscaping, home design and building material use. 

1.  Stay aware of the latest news and updates from your local media and fire department. Get your family, home and pets prepared to evacuate.

2.  Place your emergency supply kit and other valuables in your vehicle. 

1.  Continue to listen to news updates for information about the fire. Return home only when authorities say it is safe. 


Wildfire Season Is Here!

Even in this area of plentiful rainfall, several weeks of warm and dry conditions significantly increase our risk of wildfire; and our lush vegetation is very hazardous when dry.  If you live near wild lands, whether forest, brush, or grasslands, your home may be at risk! Unfortunately, once a wildfire starts, firefighters may not have the time or resources to protect every home in its path. However, you can take action now to protect your home before a fire starts – by creating defensible space.

Create Defensible Space! 

Homeowner responsibility is a crucial element in wildfire protection and the prevention of wildfire losses.  The creation of defensible space on your property is the single most important activity that you, the homeowner, can undertake to contribute to the safety of your family and property in the event of a wildfire disaster. 

Benton County Community Wildfire Protection Plan - Updated in 2016

The purpose of the Community Wildfire Protection Plan is to promote awareness of the countywide wild land fire hazard and propose workable solutions to reduce the wildfire risk. The Community Wildfire Protection Plan was originally adopted by the Board of Commissioners on June 16, 2009. The Board adopted an updated Community Wildfire Protection Plan on October 4, 2016.