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                Mirrormont’s Firewise Program

As wildfires began to be of concern in Western Washington in 2015, the MCA formed a Firewise Committee, which worked with King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks to develop a 51-page Community Wildfire Protection Plan for Mirrormont (click to view) and become an official Firewise USA® community: https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Wildfire/Firewise-USA/Become-a-Firewise-USA-site

In June 2023, the 2015 document was updated to the Mirrormont Community Wildfire Risk Assessment (click to view pdf). It contains KCD’s assessment of our community’s wildfire preparedness, background and educational information to augment the 2015 document, and a 5-year Firewise Action Plan.

We had a smoky taste of wildfire hazards in Western Washington during the summer of 2020, bringing more awareness to our community’s risk. And during the Heat Dome in June 2021, the Maple Hills-Cedar Hills wildfire blazed for several days—only 2.3 miles from Mirrormont “as the spark flies.” Wildfire smoke filled the skies for many days again in August 2021.

 

To learn about wildfire patterns in our area, view King Conservation District (KCD)’s 36-minute webinar, “Managing Wildfire Risk to Western Washington Communities”, which addresses the wildfire pattern in Western Washington, what to look for when assessing your home and community for wildfire risk, and ways to make your home more wildfire resilient.

Free Voluntary Residential Wildfire Risk Assessments

The MCA encourages you to complete a self-assessment of your home before the start of hot and dry summer weather using the checklist that can be found here (attached pdf). After completing this checklist, you can contact Mike Lasecki at 425-529-4812 or michael.lasecki@kingcd.org for a free consultation on how to address the areas of your home that need work to improve its wildfire resiliency.

Risk of Asbestos Exposure

Wildfires pose a threat for many obvious reasons, but one overlooked potential threat is asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a mineral that was once used extensively in home construction due to its fire-resistance until it was discovered that it causes mesothelioma cancer. Asbestos, and other cancer causing minerals, can be released into the air when structures catch fire and begin to burn. Here is a useful link with some excellent information:

https://www.asbestos.com/asbestos/natural-disasters/

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