Walla Walla High volunteers assisted the Project Impact team with a survey of homes in the east portion of Walla Walla County during Spring Break . The survey will help identify structures that may be at risk from wildfire.
Walla Walla High School volunteers are assisting Terry Glover, a Project Impact Volunteer Supervisor, to assess the wildfire risk to homes. These volunteers are going door-to-door in the east portion of Walla Walla County conducting roadside surveys, talking to homeowners and leaving information and ideas for reducing the risk. "With permission from the owner, we will conduct a detailed survey that evaluates accurately the risk of loosing the home to wildfire," said Terry Glover. "Otherwise we will just do a roadside estimate and leave some material for the owners. If they call us, we'll come back for a more detailed assessment." Glover said.
The risk survey will be used to identify specific areas that may need more emphasis on creating defensible space, a term used to define that area around a structure that allows firefighters the space needed to protect the home during a wildfire. Owners that take action now are less likely to loose a home to wildfire during the fire season.
Project Impact is offering grants to home and business owners who have homes at risk to wildfire. The grant will be combined with the owner's efforts to create defensible space, such as clearing brush, cleaning needles from roofs and gutters, moving wood piles. Grant money may be available to owners to put in emergency water supply, trim trees and other wildfire mitigation actions.
For more information contact Don Marlatt at (509) 527-3285.