The International Wildland-Urban Interface Code are the regulations that safeguard life and property in the diverse environment of our county. This code is intended to mitigate the risk to life and structures from the intrusion of fire from wildland fire exposures and adjacent structures as well as mitigate fires from spreading from structures into the wildland fuels. The use of proper building materials and construction methods accompanied by fuel management reduces the threat of a fire spreading.
Fuel management is an ongoing strategy that does not occur once and then goes away. Property owners need to regularly maintain the fuels on their property to keep the defensible space intact. The use of fire resistive plants can provide an attractive landscape as well as reduce the fire risk.
For more information on what you can do to reduce the risk of fire in the wildland environment, please call 509-574-2300.
Yakima County has extended the emergency burn ban to at least August 31, 2021. Due to extreme heat and dry conditions the extension of the ban is necessary to allocate public resources to fight wildfires. Read on...