Board to consider fire prevention plan

By on Monday, June 20th, 2022 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

WALLA WALLA – The Walla Walla County Board of Commissioners meets today (Monday) at 1:15 p.m. and will consider a resolution to approve grant funds for the county’s wildland urban interface defensible space hazard mitigation project. The Walla Walla County Emergency Management Department plans to partner with Walla Walla County Fire District No. 4 for targeted fuels mitigation and reduction work in a strategically selected area with the county’s wildland urban interface.

“A representative from the fire district will inspect the structures and property of interested landowners and provide a treatment prescription,” Walla Walla County Emergency Manager Liz Jessee wrote in a June 9 letter to commissioners. “A work crew will implement the prescription by performing the labor, which will include brushing, thinning and limbing trees, removal of dead vegetation, and chipping the debris. As a cost-effective measure, we plan to utilize Washington State Department of Corrections work crews to perform the labor.”

The bulk of the funding would come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency via the state. State and county funds would provide the rest of the money needed.

Jessee said the goal is to start the defensible space hazard mitigation project this summer. Participation by landowners is voluntary.