Pierce County Council Proclaims May as Wildfire Awareness Month

By Nisqually Valley News staff
Posted 5/17/22

The Pierce County Council issued a proclamation that instituted the month of May as the county’s Wildfire Awareness Month on April 26.

The proclamation highlights the wildfire risk and …

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Pierce County Council Proclaims May as Wildfire Awareness Month

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The Pierce County Council issued a proclamation that instituted the month of May as the county’s Wildfire Awareness Month on April 26.

The proclamation highlights the wildfire risk and severity in Western Washington, which a news release stated is trending in the wrong direction. It also stressed the need for meaningful action to mitigate the risks.

“Over the past few years, wildfires have begun to show up in our ‘backyards,’” stated a release from the Pierce Conservation District. “ With our summers getting drier, hotter, and smokier, we’re all looking for ways to protect ourselves from wildfire risks.”

In 2020, the Sumner Grade Fire traveled along state Route 410 between Sumner and Bonney Lake, destroying seven homes, 16 other structures, and burning 759 acres. Over 7,000 residents were evacuated.



The Pierce Conservation District has invited partners and members of the community to attend a virtual event at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25 to help mitigate wildfire risk. Attendees can discover how to prepare their communities for a wildfire.

Presenters will share how the Pierce Conservation District, the Washington state Department of Natural Resources, and local fire departments can support residents with the right resources and information to be wildfire ready.

“We know that wildfire is becoming more and more difficult to ignore,” Nicholas Cusick, the climate resiliency program manager with the Pierce Conservation District, stated in the release. “We’re living this now, and communities want to learn about what actions they can take to be prepared for this summer’s wildfire season and beyond. We’re encouraged to see the county council recognize these dangers our communities are facing and how increasing awareness about the resources and strategies available to residents will prepare them better for wildfire.”

Residents can register for the webinar online at https://bit.ly/pcfirewisewebinar_pr.

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