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Fire Marshal Invokes County-Wide Burn Ban

Due 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 with the exception of recreational cooking fires.

Recreational fires are permitted unless further banned by extreme conditions. Recreational fires are limited to 3-feet in diameter and 2-feet height and are made with either seasoned firewood or charcoal. We will update the public as conditions change.

Fireworks Safety for the Independence Day Holiday

Please consider forgoing your personal fireworks displays this year and attending the public displays instead.

 

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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

Wildfire Safety

Using 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:

  • Plants should be carefully spaced, low-growing and free of resins, oils and waxes that burn easily.
  • Mow the lawn regularly. Prune trees up six to ten feet from the ground.

  • Space conifer trees 30 feet between crowns. Trim back trees that overhang the house.

  • Create a 'fire-free' area within five feet of the home, using non-flammable landscaping materials and/or high-moisture-content annuals and perennials.

  • Remove dead vegetation from under deck and within 10 feet of house.

  • Consider fire-resistant material for patio furniture, swing sets, etc.

  • Remove firewood stacks and propane tanks; they should not be located in this zone.

  • Water plants, trees and mulch regularly.

  • Consider 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.
    • Encourage a mixture of deciduous and coniferous trees.

    • Create 'fuel 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:

  • Remove smaller conifers that are growing between taller trees. Remove heavy accumulation of woody debris.

  • Reduce the density of tall trees so canopies are not touching.

    Download our Firewise Landscaping and Construction Guide which provides a more in-depth look at each zone and the applicable actions steps (within that zone) that homeowners can take to reduce the risk of wildfire damage to their home and property.

    http://firewise.org/~/media/firewise/images/interior%20page%20images/defensible%20space/house.jpg?la=enProperty owners 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 Homeowners that includes these and other actionable steps residents can start working on today. 

    fuelRemove 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 possible.

    walkwayLarger 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.

     

    http://firewise.org/~/media/firewise/images/interior%20page%20images/defensible%20space/landscape.jpg?la=enEmbers and 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's Greeting

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.
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2015 First Aid and CPR Class Schedules are Available!

Click here for the 2015 First Aid and CPR/AED Class Schedule

 

 

Solicitation for Vendor List

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.

Click here to download application.

 

Completed applications may be hand delivered to 102 East 5th Street, Port Angeles, WA; Mailed to PO Box 1391, Port Angeles, WA  98362; or emailed to admin@clallamfire2.org

 

 

 


Want to Join Our Explorer Post 1012?

If you're between the age of 12 and 21, in good physical health and want to know what it's like to be a firefighter, Come Join Our Team!

We offer a great opportunity to participate in practical and meaningful hands on experience. Click here to download a fact sheet about this exciting program.

Clallam County Fire District No. 2 is now offering free blood pressure checks at our two main stations every Friday from 9 A.M. to noon.

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