As wildfires creep west of Cascades, county plans for next Bolt Creek

By Jordan Hansen
The Herald Net
May 28, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

EVERETT, Washington — Agencies in Snohomish County are crafting a new countywide Community Wildlife Protection Plan to help them be even better prepared for the next big wildfire. In early May, the federal government gave the county’s Department of Emergency Management $250,000 to work on the plan. The project aims to identify where wildland firefighting resources are, where terrain makes fighting fires or evacuating residents difficult, and how to streamline fuel management. …The plan will also look at evacuation routes and other information that could help agencies make quick decisions when dealing with a fast-moving fire. …The wildfire protection plan will also be attached to the county’s larger hazard mitigation plan. It would split the county into geographic areas, to pinpoint each region’s needs. …Fire and emergency management officials have been pushing for a countywide fire mitigation plan since the Bolt Creek fire in 2022.

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