Saturday discussion to help mitigate wildfire danger later this summer

With all the moisture we’re receiving right now, it might be hard to think about wildfire danger. Yet, as vegetation dries out later, the risk will go up. On KVNU’s For the People program on Monday, Cache County Council vice-chair Gina Worthen was joined by Cache County Fire Chief Rod Hammer to invite the public to a free Firewise Landscaping Class this Saturday morning from 8 to 9 a.m. in the Cache County Council Chambers.

“The reason we’re doing this is, after last summer watching those fires burn in Utah County, I thought ‘what would happen here if we had a wildland fire close to homes and wanted people to know what they could do to prepare?’,” said Worthen.

Hammer said the class will be taught by Ken Mathys from the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands.

“He taught a class a few weeks ago and this is building on that. A few weeks ago we taught Ready, Set, Go which is kind of the (California) fire evacuation planning, how to plan on evacuating around a fire. This week we’re teaching on firewise landscaping, in other words…what can we do now to prevent fire from moving out of the forest or off the rangeland into our homes, or visa-versa,” explained Hammer.

The class will be helpful especially for those who live on the benches and those with cabins.

AUDIO:  Jason Williams talks with Gina Worthen and Rod Hammer about Firewise landscaping meeting


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1 Comment

  • Warren s Pugh April 12, 2019 at 5:46 pm Reply

    In November I called KSL (should have called KVNU) and suggested that for Christmas camp fire extinguishers might be a great gift. Then campers anywhere in the Mountain West would also be required to have such safety measures in campsites.

    For cabins we suggested temporary exterior walls manufactured with fire retardant materials. They could be hung beside existing exterior walls of course. Expensive? Yes!
    Will it work? R & D. Thousands of cabins and homes were last year. One of the tragic
    ironies is that adjacent homes would not be affected the same.

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