to the current drought conditions the Clallam County burn ban will take effect immediately and will extend until October 1 or later if conditions warrant. The burn ban applies to all outdoor burning including recreational fires. Grilling with propane fuel is allowed. Charcoal briquettes are not. This ban applies to all state campgrounds as well. Questions about this can be referred to the County Fire Marshal, 360-417-2380.
Volunteer Firefighter-EMT Applications Being Accepted
Clallam 2 Fire-Rescue is seeking to fill vacancies in our volunteer Firefighter-EMT ranks. The fire district regularly accepts applications which are available at all fire stations or online. Firefighter-EMT's are the first line of service when someone calls 911 in need of help for all emergencies other than law enforcement. Click here to read more
the Zone Concept
Firefighters use what we call the
Wildland Urban Interface to identify locations where we can defend homes, out
buildings and other property from a wildfire. We break this defensible space
down into three distinct Zones.
Zone 1 encircles the structure and all its attachments (wooden
decks, fences, and boardwalks) for at least 30 feet on all sides. In this area:
be carefully spaced, low-growing and free of resins, oils and waxes that burn
Mow the lawn
regularly. Prune trees up six to ten feet from the ground.
trees 30 feet between crowns. Trim back trees that overhang the house.
'fire-free' area within five feet of the home, using non-flammable landscaping
materials and/or high-moisture-content annuals and perennials.
vegetation from under deck and within 10 feet of house.
fire-resistant material for patio furniture, swing sets, etc.
stacks and propane tanks; they should not be located in this zone.
trees and mulch regularly.
xeriscaping if you are affected by water-use restrictions.
Zone 2 is 30 to 100 feet from the home, and plants in this zone
should be low-growing, well irrigated and less flammable. In this area:
Leave 30 feet
between clusters of two to three trees, or 20 feet between individual trees.
mixture of deciduous and coniferous trees.
breaks', like driveways, gravel walkways and lawns.
Prune trees up
six to ten feet from the ground.
Zone 3 is 100 to 200 feet from the home and this area should be
thinned, although less space is required than in Zone 2. NOTE: Because of other
factors such as topography, the recommended distances to mitigate for radiant
heat exposure actually extend between 100 to 200 feet from the home- on a
site-specific basis. In this area:
conifers that are growing between taller trees. Remove heavy accumulation of
density of tall trees so canopies are not touching.
need to address the "little things" first: Firefighters advise property owners to start with the
house and work their way out. Having a nonflammable roof covering and assembly
adds an enormous safety measure. Keeping roofs and gutters clean and clear of
leaves or needles is critical to minimizing ignition from embers. Flammable
attachments (e.g., untreated wooden decks) are very vulnerable to ignition and
can carry fire to the main structure. Keep flat surfaces clear of debris. Clean
out any leaves, needles or stored material that could burn from under decks or
porches. During this high fire danger season, remove large potential heat
sources such as piles of firewood, spare building materials, vehicles -
anything that could catch embers or ignite by flames in the grass needs to be
as far away from dwellings as possible. Download NFPA's Firewise Tips Checklist
for Homeownersthat includes
these and other actionable steps residents can start working on today.
Remove fuel sources close to the house: The perimeter of the home and attachments out to about 5
feet is vulnerable if there is anything there - organic mulch, woody shrubs and
plants, juniper bushes - that could ignite and thus allow flames to touch the
house. Wind-driven fire will create a blizzard of embers that will pile up in corners where you might normally find
accumulations of leaves or needles around your home. These corners, nooks and
crannies should be clear of any flammables. If there are any limbs or branches
overhanging the roof, or any branches close to/touching the house, trim back to
at least 10 feet from the house. Keep grass mowed low and well watered if
Larger projects to reduce potential fuel: Our tips for homeowners also cover projects that can be
done when fire is not imminent. Download our Firewise Tips Checklist for
Homeowners that includes
tips for landscaping to create space between trees, removing heavy
accumulations of brush or trees out to 100-200 feet depending on slope and
topography (because radiant heat ALSO causes homes to burn), creating a
low-water (xeriscape) landscape, adding hardscape (rock or concrete patios,
walkways, etc.) to break up the path of flames, screening vents or openings
with fine metal mesh, and
replacing windows with double- or triple-paned alternatives or tempered glass.
small flames are major culprits: Analysis and studies, including experiments sponsored by the insurance industry, show that not only should the radiant heat exposure be
mitigated in the home ignition zone, but exposure to embers and surface fire as well. In fact, all the
research around home destruction and home survival in wildfires point to embers
and small flames as the main way that the majority of homes ignite in wildfires.
For that reason, firefighters recommend methods to prepare homes to withstand
ember attack and minimize the likelihood of flames or surface fire touching the
home or any attachments (fences, decks, porches) as the first place for
homeowners to start working to prepare their properties.
Chief Sam Phillips
I am honored to introduce your Clallam County Fire District No. 2, an organization serving Deer Park, Gales Addition, Black Diamond, and Dry Creek. The hard working Firefighter/EMTs of the district proudly serve these communities, its citizens, workers, students, visitors, and businesses that make our community great. Read full story
2015 First Aid and CPR Class Schedules are Available!
Clallam County Fire District 2 is seeking qualified vendors for inclusion on the 2015 Vendor List. The list may be used for the purchase of equipment, materials, services, or supplies not to exceed $50,000.