Wildfire Education Programs
Okanogan CD and Wenatchee Valley College Omak are partnering to bring wildfire education to local residents and businesses. Bookmark this page for class info.
To register for Fall Quarter classes, follow this link to the Wenatchee Valley College website.
Fall Quarter 2019
Fire Ready Home and Landscape
Wildfire is part of life in the Okanogan, but losing a house doesn't have to be. This class will cover the science of home ignitions and best practices to keep a home from igniting during a wildfire event. Since embers from wildfires can travel over a mile from the main fire, homeowners in more developed areas or surrounded by irrigated agriculture can be at risk along with those in forested or sageland areas.
According to a student who took the class last spring, “this talk was outstanding: very well organized, important information, clearly explained, communicated with enthusiasm. Awesome visuals”.
Wednesday Oct. 30, 6-8 pm or
Wednesday November 6, 6-8 pm
note: October 16 class that was previously advertised was cancelled due to a schedule conflict.
Managing Your Forest for Wildfire & Wildlife
This class will cover how thinning, grazing, and prescribed fire can reduce wildfire risks while also maintaining quality wildlife habitat. Instructors will be Rob Lionberger and Ken Bevis from Washington Department of Natural Resources.
This year, the class will include a field trip to the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area in Loomis to see how Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is managing their forest lands for multiple benefits. Snacks and water will be provided; students can pack a lunch if they wish.
Wednesday Oct. 23, 6-8 pm classroom
Saturday Oct. 26, 9 am-2 pm field trip
Winter Quarter 2020
Fire Ready Contractor Classes
Starting a Fire Mitigation Business
State and Federal Fire Contracting
Preventing Home Ignitions for Builders and Landscapers
Dates and locations TBD.