Wildfire Protection

Wildfire

Benton County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) - Updated in 2016

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The purpose of the Community Wildfire Protection Plan is to promote awareness of the countywide wild land fire hazard and propose workable solutions to reduce the wildfire risk. The Community Wildfire Protection Plan was originally adopted by the Board of Commissioners on June 16, 2009. The Board adopted an updated Community Wildfire Protection Plan on October 4, 2016.

Wildfire Season

Wildfire season is typically during the dry summer months, but, even in this area of plentiful rainfall, several weeks of warm and dry conditions significantly increase our risk of wildfire outside of those months. Our lush vegetation is very hazardous when dry.  If you live near wild lands, whether forest, brush, or grasslands, your home may be at risk any time of the year. Unfortunately, once a wildfire starts, firefighters may not have the time or resources to protect every home in its path. However, you can take action now to protect your home before a fire starts – by creating defensible space.

Create Defensible Space! 

Homeowner responsibility is a crucial element in wildfire protection and the prevention of wildfire losses.  The creation of defensible space on your property is the single most important activity that you, the homeowner, can undertake to contribute to the safety of your family and property in the event of a wildfire disaster.