Workshop teaches how to reduce loss from wildfires

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Firewise Communities Workshop is a free, hands-on event for those interested in learning how to plan for and protect communities from fire.
City and county officials, land planners, fire professionals and landowners are encouraged to attend and learn how to reduce the risks to life and property to wildfire in the wild land/urban interface.
The 1.5-day workshop will be held on Thursday-Friday, May 19-20, at the Quality Inn and Suites, E. 8923 Madison Ave., in Spokane Valley. Thursday’s sessions will run 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. with lunch provided. Friday’s sessions will run 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Participants will receive counsel from recognized experts, as well as resource materials and tools to help meet community wildfire protection and prevention goals. Topics covered will include how individuals and communities can reduce wildfire losses, state Department of Natural Resources assistance programs for reducing fire hazards, and a computer-based interactive exercise on developing a mitigation plan for a fictional community facing a catastrophic wildfire.
Space is limited and advance registration is required. Registration forms are available at local WSU Extension offices, the Spokane County Conservation District and online by clicking here.
The first 20 out-of-town participants to register will receive free lodging at the Quality Inn and Suites.
WSU Spokane County Extension, the Spokane County Conservation District and the state Department of Natural Resources are sponsoring the workshop.
For questions or more information on the program, contact SCCD Forester Garth Davis at 509-535-7274 or

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