Unplanned fires can happen in Kitsap County at any time and any location. Fires caused by humans, lightning, machinery, and utilities are common. These can disrupt transportation, gas, power, and communications. The risk from fires also increases during periods of no rain and high winds. With much of Kitsap County in various stages of forestation, all areas are vulnerable to fire. Based on a recent assessment of Kitsap County, fires are rated a moderate risk hazard.
What is KCDEM doing to address fires?
KCDEM works with local Fire Districts and the Washington State Emergency Management Division on fire emergencies. Projects include:
- Incorporate the Ready, Set, Go notification protocol into the Community Warning Systems Program.
- Review and revise the Wildfire Evacuation Plan. Reflect lessons learned and close knowledge gaps.
Learn more about forest & urban fires and county mitigation efforts. Find fire information in the 2019 Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (PDF) on page 108. You can also contact KCDEM via email for details.
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- Kitsap County Fire Districts – location and contact information for each fire district in Kitsap County. (source: Kitsap County)
- Smokey Bear – wildfire prevention information. (source: US Forest Service)
- Wildfires – wildfire information from State Foresters. (source: State Foresters)
- Ready, Set, Go – information for preparing for wildfire evacuations. (source: International Association of Fire Chiefs)