[Vision2020] PR - Preparation Amid Concerns for Active Wildfire Season

Stephanie Kalasz skalasz at ci.moscow.id.us
Fri May 8 14:45:18 PDT 2015

City of Moscow
206 E Third Street
Moscow, ID 83843
Contact: Gary J. Riedner, City Supervisor
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Preparation Amid Concerns for Active Wildfire Season

May 8, 2015 (Moscow, Idaho) - With the seasonably mild winter the City of Moscow and Moscow Volunteer Fire Department are preparing for an active wildfire season along with other agencies in Latah County and the region.

Warmer weather and activities getting in full swing moving towards the summer there is a heavy concern for wildland fires and fire safety. It might appear to be green in areas, however the conditions are still considered dry and caution must be taken. Wildland fires can start numerous ways such as using a camp fire, clearing a piece of land with equipment, lightning strikes, dragging chains that create a spark, and discarded smoking materials.

Some areas appear to be green; however they have the ability to ignite and are able to burn quickly. In some of the areas that encompass the Moscow area some vegetation appears green such as evergreens and junipers as well as others, but when pulled apart they hold a significant amount of dried out material that could act as fuel. These conditions pose a significant risk of fire.

Some tips to consider:

*                 It is recommended if possible to create at least 30 feet of defensible space of green space around your home or business in areas subject to wildland fire.

*                 Have a fire plan

*                 Clear debris away from around the house

o       Woodpiles

o       Lawn furniture

o       BBQ grills

o       Overhanging branches over the house

*                 Place stove, fireplace and grill ashes in a metal bucket, soak in water for two days then bury the ash

*                 Mow grass regularly

Anyone in the City of Moscow Fire Department area and Moscow Rural Fire District area that would like to meet and discuss wildland fire safety please contact the City of Moscow Fire Department at 208.882.2831.  Additional questions can be directed to Brian R. Nickerson, Fire Chief or Joe Williams, Division Chief/Fire Marshal at the City of Moscow Fire Department.


Story Contact: Brian Nickerson, Fire Chief
Phone: 208.883.7809
Email: bnickerson at ci.moscow.id.us<mailto:bnickerson at ci.moscow.id.us>

The City of Moscow delivers quality municipal services while ensuring responsible use of resources.
We anticipate and meet the needs of our diverse population in order to build public trust and enhance a sense of community.

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