The Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition (CWSC) in Leavenworth is organizing a series of wildfire preparedness events throughout the week leading up to National Wildfire Preparedness Day (April 28 – May 2), and is looking for participants from the Methow Valley.
“Our hope is to solicit residents, business owners, and possibly civic leaders from the Methow Valley,” said Hilary Lundgren, CWSC assistant director. “Leavenworth-area residents can draw on the experiences of those who experienced the Carlton Complex firsthand.”
Two events may be of special interest to Methow residents, Lundgren said:
• A business resiliency workshop and panel discussion that would involve two or three Methow Valley business owners or civic/community leaders who would be willing to share their experiences, reflect on lessons learned, and identify some key steps to preparing a business for wildfire/emergencies. That event will be on April 29 from 6:30 – 8 p.m.
• An artist/storytelling event/fundraiser. “We are seeking artists to showcase their art from the fire and storytellers to talk about their experiences, lessons learned, and what we can do to prepare for the fire and after the fire,” Lundgren said. “And, we will be soliciting donations to support people affected by the fires in Okanogan County.” That event is on April 30 from 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Both events will be held at Blackbird Bistro in downtown Leavenworth.
Anyone interested in participating can contact Lundgren at (360) 464-7501. CWSC will provide free lodging and dinner for the presenters and a guest on the night of the event.