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FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY

Jakki MacLean, Bureau Chief/Fire Marshal
Jakki.MacLean@co.yakima.wa.us

Don Linder Deputy Fire Marshal
Don.Linder@co.yakima.wa.us

WILD LAND URBAN INTERFACE

What is Wildland-Urban Interface? The geographical area where structures and other human development meets or intermingles with wildland or vegetative fuels.

What is wildland? An area in which development is essentially nonexistent, except for roads, railroads, power lines and similar facilities.

The International Wildland-Urban Interface Code are the regulations that safeguard life and property in the diverse environment of our County. This code is intended to mitigate the risk to life and structures from the intrusion of fire from wildland fire exposures and adjacent structures as well as mitigate fires from spreading from structures into the wildland fuels. The use of proper building materials and construction methods accompanied by fuel management reduces the threat of a fire spreading.

Fuel management is an ongoing strategy that does not occur once and then goes away. Property owners need to regularly maintain the fuels on their property to keep the defensible space intact. The use of fire “resistive” plants can provide an attractive landscape as well as reduce the fire risk.

For more information on what you can do to reduce the risk of fire in the wildland environment, please call 574-2300.

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