Wildfire Preparedness

Welcome to the Wildfire Preparedness Committee of the Greater Avenues Community Council

Over 1,500 residences within the Avenues are vulnerable to the threats and risks of wildfire due to their proximity to the fire-prone “Wildland Urban Interface” (WUI). It is important for these residents to understand how fire can damage their homes and property and how they can lessen the possibility of damage. If each of us does our part to reduce risk, we can collectively create a safer, more resilient neighborhood.wui

OUR MISSION

The mission of the Wildfire Preparedness Committee is to educate Avenues residents of the dangers of wildfire within our community and to help them prevent, prepare, and mitigate. 

OUR VISION

The vision of the Committee is a neighborhood that is resilient to wildfire and whose residents proactively work to reduce the risks associated with living in the WUI.

May 2022 GACC Wildfire Preparedness Links

US Drought monitor – https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

Western US Mega drought – https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/american-west-may-be-entering-megadrought-worse-any-historical-record-180974688/

Utah Wildfire Season – https://www.deseret.com/utah/2022/4/11/23020513/california-utah-western-states-face-scary-wildfire-season-drought-snowpack-dry-west

Marshall Fire (Louisville, CO) – https://wildfiretoday.com/tag/marshall-fire/ https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yUlntyZW5yo

Weather details of Marshall fire and video of widespread destruction - https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jR3O7w9B1xs

NCAR Fire (Boulder, CO) – https://wildfiretoday.com/tag/ncar-fire/ https://wildfiretoday.com/2022/03/27/ncar-wildfire-prompts-evacuations-near-boulder-colorado/

Be Aware of weather conditions – https://www.weather.gov/fire/ https://www.wfas.net/index.php/fire-danger-rating-fire-potential--danger-32 (Eastern Great Basin - Rocky Mountains)

Have a Plan – https://www.slc.gov/fire/ready-set-go/ https://www.ready.gov/wildfires

“Go Bags” - The best go bags are personalized. Everyone's most likely risks (wildfire, earthquake, etc.) and personal needs (kids, pets, meds, etc) are different. Where we are each likely to evacuate to may also be different (shelter, friends or relatives, office space, etc.).

Some people like to pack items by category (or switch out clothes by season) in smaller organization bags like many people use for travel (there are a lot of choices - one example: https://www.eaglecreek.com/collections/organizers   

Here are two web-sites with good suggestions for personalized “Go Bags”: https://www.ready.gov/kit https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SOlvLKjMm0D0sWpqjVxX6Tv5ghft3pUl/view (this is from BeReady.Utah.gov)

SLCFD Personal Risk/Mitigation Assessment – Please email -

How Do Homes Burn in a Wildfire? (Hint – It is often the small things!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QthynXympI

Yard Litter and Landscaping - Home Ignition Zone (HIZ) – https://csfs.colostate.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/2021_CSFS_HIZGuide_Web.pdf https://www.slc.gov/fire/wildland/

Remodeling - Structural envelope – https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/2020-08/fema_p_737_0.pdf

GACC Firewise Day – https://www.slc.gov/fire/community-wildfire-preparedness-day/ https://www.nfpa.org/Events/Events/National-Wildfire-Community-Preparedness-Day

Other

SLC September 8, 2020 windstorm – https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_Utah_windstorm

Five things that need to be done () – https://wildfiretoday.com/2019/04/24/five-things-that-need-to-be-done-to-protect-fire-prone-communities/

Building codes make a difference – https://wildfiretoday.com/2022/01/30/data-shows-building-codes-can-reduce-vulnerability-of-homes-in-wildfires/

APRIL 2022 NEWS

The 2022 Avenues Wildfire Preparedness Day is Saturday, May 7.   See more at https://www.slc.gov/fire/community-wildfire-preparedness-day/

You can start placing appropriate materials in parking strip beginning May 5th for collection by the City and the Utah DNR on the week of May 9th. For guidelines on “fuel piles” see this graphic: Firewise Day Guidelines.     To qualify for SLC/Utah DNR pick-up, you must live within the Firewise Community boundaries (enter your address in the map at https://www.slc.gov/fire/community-wildfire-preparedness-day/  Lastly you will need to register your “pile” by entering the time/resources you spent removing fuels from your property at this link: https://form.jotform.com/200704383003037

SLC has a new Citizen Wildfire Mitigation Program for "Fire Mitigation Permit Eligible" properties. Visit this link to see if your property qualifies: https://slcgov.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=647267057ace455bbc388d7816abfb16 

We encourage all to review the “Guidelines for Trimming and Seeding of Grasses on Salt Lake City Open Space Lands Adjacent to ELIGIBLE PARCELS”: https://www.slc.gov/parks/trails-natural-lands/citizen-wildfire-mitigation-permit-program/

WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS GUIDELINES

The best thing a homeowner can do to protect their property is create defensible space. Some easy and immediate steps to take are:

  • Clean roofs and gutters of dead leaves, debris, and pine needles that could catch embers.
  • Replace or repair any loose or missing shingles or roof tiles to prevent ember penetration.
  • Reduce embers that could pass through vents in the eaves by installing 1/8 inch metal mesh screening.
  • Clean debris from exterior attic vents and install 1/8 inch metal mesh screening to reduce embers.
  • Repair or replace damaged or loose window screens and any broken windows
  • Screen or box-in areas below patios and decks with wire mesh to prevent debris and combustible materials from accumulating.
  • Move any flammable material away from wall exteriors – mulch, flammable plants, leaves and needles, firewood piles – anything that can burn.
  • Remove anything stored underneath decks or porches.

The time you spend on wildfire prevention around your home is important and the SLC Fire Department is asking residents to report the hours you spend removing possible wildfire fuels around your home.

Request a Defensible Space Consultation from SLCFD

 

 

Please contact your Greater Avenues Wildfire Preparedness Community Liaison, Shane Carlson, at (801) 596-3939 with any questions.

More information on wildfire prevention and preparation can be seen at https://www.slc.gov/fire/wildland/.

Pick up Firewise information at the GACC booth at the Avenues Street Fair on Saturday, September 11, corner of F Street and 9th Avenue. 

See the Wildfire Evacuation Checklist HERE