Minimizing Fire Danger in Forested Areas

Requires the creation of a defensible area.

Fuel reduction is key to reducing fire danger. This means removing significant dead fuels and their connectivity to vegetation layers and patches at the landscape scale.

In practice, a zoned approach is recommended around homes, structures, and access routes to produce defensible space with the least fire danger close to these areas. Many properties in the Hood River Valley and Columbia Gorge are currently in need of this work.

We can develop plans with landowners to reduce fuels while maintaining ornamental trees and vegetation, as well as reduce risk on forest land while maintaining associated native plants and wildlife habitat.

Fuel reduction is best done in the winter and spring, before fire danger increases with summer drought. This reduces the risk of accidental ignition during the work, and once completed, will be effective in the following fire season.

Grant money is available for this work as well as bark beetle mitigation (thinning), which also reduces fire danger.