Part of what makes living in Skamania and Klickitat Counties so great is our close connection to forests. We live, work, fish, hunt and recreate throughout the beautiful forests that surround our communities. While we can certainly enjoy and appreciate our forests, it is also important for us to recognize that wildfire is a natural part of forest ecosystems. Spread throughout Skamania and Klickitat County are communities considered high-risk for wildfire.

Being prepared for wildfire in these high-risk areas is an important part of living in this region and being a responsible steward of our land. That’s what being Firewise is all about.

Here at Underwood Conservation District, we have developed a set of programs to provide assistance to those of you that are challenged by the task of preparing your home and property for the eventuality of wildfire.

Wildfire Home Hazard Assessment

Fire and resource management agencies cannot help prevent wildfire disasters without land/homeowner participation. Our ability to live safer within fire-prone forest ecosystems depends on actions taken by homeowners before a fire starts. These actions, such as defensible space establishment, Firewise landscaping, and using Firewise building materials increase the odds of a home withstanding a wildfire event without firefighter assistance.

Essential to establishing a Firewise landscape and home is a wildfire hazard home assessment. A wildfire hazard home assessment will evaluate the ignitability of your home and vegetative fuel hazards. From time to time limited financial assistance is available to landowners interested in implementing vegetative fuel treatments to diminish wildfire risk.

Homeowners interested in a free wildfire hazard home assessment should contact Underwood Conservation District at (509) 493-1936 or fire@ucdwa.org.

Not interested in an assessment? Check out this Firewise Homeowner Checklist for simple tips to help protect your home in the event of a wildfire.  Visit  http://www.firewise.org/ to learn more on defensible space, Firewise landscaping and building materials.

Mobile Chipping Program

UCD’s mobile chipper program is currently available to rural residents of Skamania and Western Klickitat Counties to help reduce wildfire hazards around the home by responsibly disposing of piles of limbs, brush and small trees (less than 5” in diameter). This FREE program is available while funding lasts and as weather allows.

Ensure your piles will be chipped! Piles should be:

•Neatly hand-stacked brush and tree limbs up to 5” diameter
•Brush must be free of mud, rocks and other debris
•Without vines, poison oak, blackberry, lumber products, trash, etc.
•Stacked no more than 6 feet high, with all cuts ends faced out towards the chipper
•Accessible by a full-size pickup with tow-behind chipper

See full program information on our Mobile Chipping Page, including sign-up information.

Firewise Incentive Program

What is the Firewise Incentive Program?

The Firewise Incentive Program (FIP) is a program that assists Skamania County landowners to reduce the risk of wildfire on private property by providing technical and financial assistance to residents interested in conducting fuels reduction treatments within the home ignition zone (200 ft around a wooded or rural home).

What types of work can be funded? Eligible practices include:

  • Thinning
  • Brush removal
  • Pruning
  • Firewise landscaping
  • Fire Hazard Tree Removal

How can I participate in the program?

Interested homeowners should contact an Underwood Conservation District Firewise Technician to schedule a free wildfire home hazard assessment. Call 509-493-1936, or email fire@ucdwa.org.  You can also download our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.