FACT – Fire Adapted Community Trout Lake

 

Fire Adapted Community of Trout Lake (FACT) strives to raise awareness and increase knowledge about wildfire risk and preparedness, and guide the community to become resilient to wildfire.

FACT is a community group that consists of Bob Jolley (Trout Lake Fire Commissioner); Jim White (retired Silviculturist); Sharon Frazey (Mt. Adams Resource Stewards); Daina Bambe (Trout Lake Community Council); and Lucas King (Trout Lake Fire Department and Mt. Adams Resource Stewards). We partner with the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, WA Department of Natural Resources, and Underwood Conservation District.

We are hosting informational sessions on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from January through July.

2022 FACT Community Events

Community Wildfire Preparedness Activity- May 14, 2022 @ 7-11am
Show up anytime between 7am-11am and join FACT and other volunteers for a community fire risk reduction day at the FACT raffle winner. We will have coffee & s’mores, engaging conversation, meet other community members, and reducing ladder fuels around homes.

Address: 37 Stoller Road, Trout Lake, WA 98650

Community Chipping Days- WEDNESDAYS – May 25, June 1, June 8, June 15, and June 22
Mt. Adams Resource Stewards’ Crew and local contractors will be conducting up to 2 hours of no cost chipping per address in the Trout Lake Valley. Use this link for details, sign-up, and more information. https://forms.gle/xzwao3bgpb8csUhJ8

Contact FireAdapted@mtadamsstewards.org for any questions.

Community Clean-Up Weekend- June 3 , 4, & 10 , 2022
2 Dump trailer will be placed at the Trout Lake Fire Hall for the clean up of inorganics around your house to reduce fire risk and hazards to firefighters. This is not intended for household trash. Please load all your own material and put all waste in the dumpster, not next to it. 

Intro to Chainsaw Operations- July 2, 2022
Mt. Adams Resource Stewards is hosting a community basic chainsaw safety, maintenance, and operation course free of charge and open to community members of Trout Lake. This event is supported by Mt. Adams Ranger District, Mt. Adams Institute, and Stihl Northwest. Use this link for more information and to sign up: https://forms.gle/AHrXJGoniqQxCrtW9

Home Ignition Zone Wildfire Assessments- Ongoing
FACT will be working on conducting 20 voluntary Wildfire Risk Assessments. Please reach out to FireAdapted@mtadamsstewards.org if you’d like to request an assessment or check the “risk assessment box” on the chipping sign up sheet.

Our next meeting – is a Fieldtrip

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 @ 5-7pm

Let’s get outside and learn about home risk assessments and how to assemble different kinds of slash piles: to burn, to chip, or for wildlife.

Address: 2274 Highway 141, Trout Lake. Located across from (on the east-side of) the Lava Road junction (1st drive north of Stadelman Dr).

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Past Meetings

January – We kicked off our informational sessions with a video called the West is Burning. If you weren’t able to make it, below are links to the West is Burning film and a recording of our discussion.

The West is Burning Video
Recording of January 18th Discussion

 

February – We discussed the Home Ignition Zone and the WA DNR Cost Share Program.

Home Ignition Zone Slides
Home Ignition Zone Notes for Slides
Dept of Natural Resources Cost Share Program Slides

 

March – We discussed fire insurance, issues and trends; and the Trout Lake Fire Department’s fire suppression score provided by the Insurance Services Office. You can download the recording here.