State trying to help local counties reduce wildfire risk

State trying to help local counties reduce wildfire risk »Play Video
DNR NEWS RELEASE -- Owners of forestland in four eastern Washington counties may be eligible to receive federal help for some of their costs to reduce wildfire risks on their properties.

The cost-share program, administered by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), pays for up to half of a landowner’s cost to thin and prune trees and remove forest slash.

The federally funded program is available to forestland owners in portions of Chelan, Kittitas, Klickitat and Yakima counties where a Forest Health Hazard Warning has been declared by state and federal officials.

Many forest stands in the four-county area have grown too dense, producing weaker trees that are more susceptible to damage from pine bark beetles, western spruce budworm, and other damaging insects and diseases. Dense, overcrowded forest stands also pose wildfire risks.

Funding to assist landowners in the Forest Health Hazard Areas in Chelan, Kittitas, Klickitat and Yakima counties is provided through the U.S. Forest Service and administered by DNR.