The Cedar Ponds area and River King Estates and surrounding community located off Ben Howard Road has been identified as a “Extreme Fire Hazard” and “High-Risk Hazard” respectively for wildfire by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. The assessments were established in 2006, but with the expectation of a dryer and warmer Spring/Summer this year, the risk assessment could be even higher.
With only one way in and out, narrow roads, steep hills, and no real safe zones for retreat, the communities are a big concern for emergency fire response planners. Preventing fires and fire spread by following the ” Wildfire Risk Reduction-Action items to Improve your Home’s Survivability” (below) are best practices and are proven to save some homes from certain destruction by fire. Residence should also develop and practice an emergency action plan for wildfire in their community. Although these two communities have been identified as the highest risk areas in our fire district, other neighborhoods are also at risk. We have cluster communities such as Skyline Estates of Mann Road and Sultan Estates off Woods Lake Road and North Sultan off basin road should be practicing Wildfire Risk Reduction practices to help mitigate the risk.