Firewise Risk Assessment

Firewise Risk Assessment

SCD Firewise It is important that land owners in the Spokane area can prevent catastrophic wildfire damage to home and property by using Firewise principles. Spokane County residents are eligible to get a free Firewise Risk Assessment to evaluate your home’s risk. A District Forester will visit your property for approximately one hour and will provide you with a list of practical ways to lessen your wildfire risk. The most important element to lowering your wildfire risk is the effective use of defensible space. Defensible space is the area between your home and an oncoming wildfire where the vegetation has been modified to reduce the wildfire threat and to provide an opportunity for firefighters to effectively defend your home. The exact size of your defensible space varies by slope and type of vegetation and will be determined during the assessment. To schedule a Firewise risk assessment of your home site, or if you have questions about protecting your home from a wildfire, contact Ben Peterson at or click here to fill out a request for visit form.  

A partnership of local governments and other stakeholders in Spokane County are working together to update the Spokane County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. This plan was created in 2007 in response to Federal programs that enable the partnership to use pre- and postdisaster financial assistance to reduce the exposure of County residents to risks associated with natural hazards. In order to identify and plan for future natural disasters, we need your assistance.

This questionnaire is designed to help us gauge the level of knowledge local citizens already have about natural disaster issues and to find out from local residents about areas vulnerable to various types of natural disasters. The information you provide will help us coordinate activities to reduce the risk of injury or property damage in the future.

The Spokane County Hazard Mitigation Planning Partnership thanks you for taking the time to participate in this information-gathering process.

General Firewise Tips

General tips for preventing wildfire damage:

  • Avoid the use of shake roofs
  • Remove all dead branches that are hanging over your roof
  • Clean dead leaves and needles from your roof and gutters
  • Keep all woodpiles at least 30' away from all structures and clear all vegetation within 10' of the woodpiles
  • Minimize the use of ornamental conifers in your landscaping; emphasize the use of low-growing plants, such as groundcover and bedding plants
  • For more tips, visit our Firewise Resource page. 

Hazard Fuel Reduction

Hazard Fuel Reduction

The Spokane region has long been an area where fire played a prominent role in the natural environment. It's not a matter of if a wildfire will occur; it's a matter of when.

For those living in forested areas, there are many steps they can take to protect their property from wildfire and reduce the loss of harvestable timber in forests. A Hazard Fuel Reduction project will reduce the unnatural build-up of fuel in the forest. Fuels can be natural fuels, forest vegetation or debris, activity fuels, debris left over from thinning projects, and small trees or brush that have the potential to carry a ground fire up into the canopy.

As a result of your Firewise Risk Assessment, a hazard Fuels Reduction may be recommended. Cost-share is available through the SCD and its agency partners.

If you are interested in having a Hazard Fuel Reduction project on your property, or if you have any questions, contact Garth Davis.