Firewise Program FAQs 2018-03-21T23:53:53+00:00

Firewise Cost-Sharing Program FAQs

What is the purpose of this program? 2018-03-21T23:38:08+00:00

This program is administered by the Washington state Department of Natural Resources and is intended to encourage eligible forest owners to implement practices which improve forest health by reducing the risk of damage from wildfire and insect infestation on forest lands in Eastern Washington.

What kinds of things are eligible for cost-sharing? 2018-03-21T23:38:32+00:00

Flammable brush control, non-commercial thinning, pruning, slash disposal and creation of wildfire defensible space around structures.

How do I apply? 2018-03-21T23:39:05+00:00

The easiest way is to contact Firebreak Wildfire Prevention, LLC. We’ll come out an meet with you to look over your project. We contact the local DNR representative and set up a meeting where we all can walk your property and agree on the scope of the project. Firebreak will complete the application, bring it to you for your signature then take it the DNR. Once they approve our project we’ll get started with the actual work.

How much cost-sharing can a landowner receive? 2018-03-21T23:39:29+00:00

Approved applicants are reimbursed for 50% of their total actual cost, not to exceed the maximum reimbursement rate.

Is funding available throughout Eastern Washington? 2018-03-21T23:40:29+00:00

Owners of eligible forest land in all eastern Washington counties may apply. Availability of funding may vary by location and is subject to change over time.

Is there a designated application period? 2018-03-21T23:40:56+00:00

No, you can apply anytime year around. Applications are approved continuously throughout the year as long as funds are available.