Darrington Library to host June 8 wildfire prevention events

Smokey BearA U.S. Forest Service expert will share fire prevention tips in back-to-back presentations for adults and children on June 8 at Darrington Library, 1005 Cascade St.

From 3 to 4 p.m., kids will hear the story of Smokey Bear and go over his five rules for fire safety. They will also have the chance to get their photo taken with Smokey and get a bear hug. Stickers and goodies will be provided by presenter Kimberly Marshall-Trask, Patrol 11 Captain for North Zone Fire of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

From 5 to 7 p.m., Trask will discuss Snohomish County’s “Firewise” home initiative. She will explain how homes and neighborhoods can be made more likely to survive a wildfire.

Trask will also provide information about spark arresters, and how the Forest Service determines the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) and fire danger rating. She will explain how agency officials assess the need for structure protection when they come into a community threatened by wildfire.

“Given predictions for an above-normal fire season this year, and the fact that many of our community members live in or near forests, I thought wildfire prevention was an important topic,” said Darrington Library Manager Asheley Bryson. 

Library staff will provide some fire-prevention activities for children who remain in the building while their parents attend the evening session, Bryson said.