Fire threatened communities can become Fire Adapted Communities.
In 2018, The U.S. Forest Service report “Exposure of human communities to wildfire in the Pacific Northwest,” carried out by the Montana fire assessment firm Pyrologix, listed the Leavenworth zip code (Plain/Lake Wenatchee) as the #1 Wildland Urban Interface risk in Washington State. In 2019, we were again identified as one of 6 communities in the nation to be “The next Paradise.” Referring to the tragic fire that destroyed the town of Paradise California. If you don’t know about the events in Paradise California or our similarities to that community…
Lake Wenatchee Fire Adapted Communities would like to make you aware of a movie available on Netflix. “Fire in Paradise.” It is probably a film every person in our community should see.
A link to the trailer is located here. https://youtu.be/5KNAl23NwME
While we share a common risk, we don’t necessarily have to share the same fate as Paradise (California). Lake Wenatchee Fire Adapted Communities (LWFAC) believes there are many educational and practical steps we can all take to substantially reduce the risk of wildfire in the Plain and Lake Wenatchee area.
Lake Wenatchee Fire Adapted Communities, in conjunction with local and regional partners, are working to address our resiliency and our ability to respond proactively to wildfire.
In 2019 LWFAC helped:
Bring local Firewise communities together.
Ensured three local wildland firefighters were on duty at the height of the fire season.
Chipped 40.1 tons of residential brush debris.
Assisted Firewise property cleanup programs locally.
Made and delivered 89 address signs. (Over 1000 total to date)
Installed 36 smoke detectors.
Interacted with USFS and WA DNR partners, advocating for resources and action in our region.
Published an evacuation map and resource booklet for visitors and residents.
Conducted 811 home evaluations
Assisted with a vulnerable person’s registry to aid in their evacuation.
Acquired funding to improve GIS mapping and data collection.
In 2020 we will be looking for additional community leaders to join the LWFAC board, facilitate programs, and join in advocacy. If you are interested, please contact David Walker or one of our existing board members. LWFAC is hosted by Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue. A special thank you to residents Rex Lund and Jimi Wilson for their dedication and service to this community and its safety.
LWFAC Board Chair
LWFAC Mission Statement:
“To protect life, property, and the environment while providing education and outreach to build a community, culture, and landscape resilient to wildfire.”