Commissioner Franz, Gig Harbor Fire Urge Westside Communities to Prepare for Fire Season

Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz and representatives from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) joined Gig Harbor Fire on Friday for the local launch of Wildfire Ready Neighbors – an initiative to help bolster community preparedness ahead of fire season.

“Wildfires are no longer just an issue for eastern Washington – no one is immune from the impacts. With hotter and drier conditions, it’s critical that every resident acts now to prepare their home and property for wildfire risks,” said Commissioner of Public Lands, Hilary Franz. “Wildfires do not respect property lines. By working together, we can build a stronger, more proactive community.”

Through the Wildfire Ready Neighbors program, residents and property owners can receive a free custom plan and access to experts who can teach them how to reduce wildfire risks through straightforward yet effective actions.

“The Wildfire Ready Neighbors initiative enhances existing efforts by fostering greater community involvement,” said Chief Dennis Doan of Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One. “This program highlights the importance of teamwork among fire departments, local conservation districts, community organizations, and residents to strengthen Gig Harbor’s resilience against wildfire risks. We must prepare now to ensure our community is ready to face these threats.”

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