In a recent PEMCO Poll, 58% of residents living in high-risk areas of Washington and Oregon correctly identified clearing a buffer zone (free of combustible brush, grass, and weeds) around their home as the single most important thing they could do to safeguard it from wildfire. Yet 39% reported that they haven't finished (or even started) that most critical task.
The upshot: Awareness of the danger isn't enough. For many Northwesterners, it's time to act.
If you live in a fire-prone area and need help protecting your property, reach out to your local fire district, which may be able to connect you with community resources. Or, if you're a forestland owner, contact your regional Department of Natural Resources office to see if your area is eligible for federal assistance to help pay for the cost of thinning and pruning trees or removing forest slash.