“Reducing Fire Risk in the Wildland-Urban Interface"

May 18 8:00 AM Orofino Community Church, 14233Hwy 12 (208)476-4434 clearwater@uidaho.edu
University of Idaho Extension—Clearwater County is offering a workshop entitled “Reducing Fire Risk in the Wildland-Urban Interface.” Wildland fires caused several billion dollars in property damage across the US in 2012. The Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado alone is estimated to have resulted in $352 million in losses, including 347 homes. In Idaho, the Nez Perce—Clearwater National Forest had more acres burn than any time since 1934, with 1.75 million acres burned in 2012 statewide.
While fire has been a natural disturbance common in the forests of North Central Idaho for centuries, changing forest conditions, hotter-dryer summers, and more people living near forests has increased the risk for property loss and personal safety from wildfire in recent years.
The workshop will give property owners practical information about what they can do to make their properties more likely to survive wildland fire as well as providing an understanding of fire behavior (including video), fire protection jurisdiction and insurance, and the decisions that firefighters must make when battling wildland fire. Presenters include professionals from the Idaho Department of Lands, Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association, Clearwater County Emergency Management, University of Idaho Extension, and the insurance industry.
All property owners in Clearwater County have the potential to be affected by wildland fire, not just those who live “in the forest.” Burning embers from large wildfires can travel great distances, and are one of the biggest threats to structures. Anyone living in Clearwater County could be affected given the right conditions.
The workshop will be held on Saturday, May 18th, from 8:00AM till 2:00PM. Lunch will be provided. The workshop location is Orofino Community Church, at 14233 Hwy 12 (across from Canoe Camp RV Park). The cost is $15.00 (includes lunch). Attendees are asked to register by calling Tami Wayt at 208-476-4434, and sending in their registration fee to U of I Extension—Clearwater County, 2200 Michigan Ave., Orofino, ID 83544. Make checks payable to the UI Extension Program Fund.
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