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Lake Wenatchee is a Fire Adapted Community

LWFAC Mission Statement: 


To protect life, property and the environment while providing education and outreach to build a community, culture, and landscape resilient to wildfire.

Chiwaukum Creek Fire 2014

Lake Wenatchee Fire Adapted Communities 


Our community is no stranger to wildfires. Whether they are human-caused or caused by lightning. In recent years large fires such as the Chiwaukum Creek Fire and Wolverine fire have been major threats to our area homes and businesses. Wildfire is not going away anytime soon and we as a community must become more adapted to living with wildfire. 


Learning to live better with wildfire takes many forms and can begin at any time. Whether you are making sure your campfire is out and cold, supporting the use of prescribed fire by professionals, taking responsibility for your own home (and encouraging neighbors to do the same), evacuating calmly with your prepared "go kit", or helping your community recover, we can make a difference when wildfire occurs. Lake Wenatchee Fire & Rescue encourages residents to order a reflective address sign, Replace or have installed smoke alarms, clear an area of defensible space around your home, sign up for a Home Zone Ignition Evaluation of your property and take action to reduce your risk to the   ever-growing threat from wildfire. Everyone has a role in adapting to wildfire. 


Lake Wenatchee Fire & Rescue in partnership with Washington Resource Conservation and Development Council, Washington Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network, and the United States Forest Service to create a Call to action within the Lake Wenatchee Community and the formation of the Lake Wenatchee Fire Adapted Communities. This project supports the addition of the Lake Wenatchee Fire Adapted Community (LWFAC) into the Washington Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network (WAFAC LN). This will expand and magnify previous investments in WAFAC to include community-based risk reduction through preparedness (e.g. home hardening, community engagement, evacuation planning, special needs registrations, business continuity development), response (e.g. pre-attack planning, better home and route signing) and recovery (e.g. post-fire flood awareness and planning, recovery organization identification and set-up). Desired project outcomes:


  • Incorporation of resilient landscapes, fire-adapted communities, and safe & efficient response in order to more effectively reduce wildfire risk.

  • Leverage of planned and existing state and federal investments in the area through complementary community-based action before, during and after wildfires.

  • Development and implementation of a program of work in the Lake Wenatchee area designed to accelerate Lake Wenatchee’s adaptation to wildfire through enhanced preparedness, response, and recovery. Sharing work and training opportunities will better prepare both organizations, their local partners, and local communities for future success implementing prescribed fire and living in a fire-adapted ecosystem. The collaborative efforts to enhance the fire safety message and the coordinated support will increase fire safety awareness and reduce preventable fires.

FEMA Definition of a Fire Adapted Community:

A FAC is a community of informed and prepared citizens collaboratively taking action to safely coexist with wildland fire threat. A FAC has, or is striving to achieve, the following characteristics 


  • It exists within or adjacent to a fire-adapted ecosystem. 

  • Adequate local fire suppression capacity is available to meet most community protection needs.

  • Structures and landscaping are designed, constructed, retrofitted, and maintained in a manner that is ignition resistant. 

  • Local codes (building, planning, zoning, and re prevention codes) that require ignition-resistant home design and building materials are adopted and enforced. 

  • Fuel treatments are properly spaced and sequenced and are maintained across the landscape. 

  • A community wildland fire protection plan is developed and implemented. 

  • The community has a defined geographic boundary. 

Fire Adapted Community Goals


 1. Promote and Educate the understanding of: 

  • The role of fire on the surrounding landscape

  • Fire authorities may not save all homes

  • Community mitigation actions reduce the impacts of wildfire


 2.  Encourage and assist the community to              take action to:

  • Create a collaborative group to develop and implement the CWPP (Chelan County)

  • Develop and maintain a mitigation education program including prevention

  • Support and enhance local fire protection capacity

  • Prepare structures for wildfire via Home hardening

  • Promote structures to be built with fire-resistant materials

  • Develop Community Evacuation plans and educate the public

  • Create safety zones in the community and fuel buffers

  • Use codes and ordinances if applicable 

  • Work with public and private landowners to treat hazardous fuels

  • Maintain cooperative agreements with partners 

  • Increase and maintain risk reduction efforts over time

  • Support and Promote the formation of Recognized Firewise Communities 

Wildfire is no stranger to Chelan County and the Lake Wenatchee Community. Over the past 118 years, we have seen large-scale fires and have lost homes, businesses and landscape. We must learn to live with fire and understand that it will occur again. By being prepared we can avoid such losses we see in areas like California and Colorado. 

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