Wenatchee Valley College Continuing Education, in partnership with Okanogan Conservation District, is hosting three more Landowners Wildfire Bootcamp classed for landowners of one or more acres of forest or sageland who want to be better prepared for wildfires.
The classes are free, and students can attend as many as they like. The same classes will be offered at different times to accommodate different schedules.
Most classes will take place at the WVC at Omak campus. Off-campus locations will be provided at registration. Register through WVC Continuing Education by calling (509) 682‑6900, visiting wvc.edu/CED or in-person with Cindie Martin at the WVC at Omak campus registration office.
Remaining classes are:
• Managing Your Land for Wildfire and Wildlife. The class will cover how thinning, grazing and prescribed fire can reduce wildfire risks while also maintaining quality wildlife habitat. There are two class options: one for owners of forested properties (May 8, 6 – 8 p.m., or May 11, 10 a.m.-noon), and a class for owners of sageland properties (May 11, 1 – 3 p.m., or May 15, 6 – 8 p.m.). Landowners with both types of vegetation should plan to attend both classes.
• Fire Ready Home and Landscape. The class will cover the science of home ignitions and best practices to keep a home from igniting during a wildfire event. The class is offered on May 18 from 9 – 11 a.m.; May 22 from 6 – 8 p.m.; or June 3 from 6 – 8 p.m. in Winthrop.
Okanogan Conservation District’s Firewise Coordinator Kirsten Cook said that the course topics were selected based on the responses from a community survey conducted in fall 2018.