We know too well that urban wildfire can affect Sumner. With an especially hot, dry summer this year, take some easy steps to prepare in advance.

  • Keep all fields and lawns mowed and green for as long as it is safe to do so. We may need you to conserve water later so that we have enough water supply for fire prevention. Good yard maintenance in the beginning of the summer helps prepare your yard for the potentially dry weeks later in summer when our resources are limited.
  • Fireworks are legal in Sumner on July 4 from noon to midnight only. Outside those hours, don’t shoot them off in Sumner at all.
  • If things get really dry, stop using power yard equipment to avoid sparking a fire.
  • Make sure your vehicle isn’t dragging chains and sparking down the road. Think RVs and boat trailers, especially.
  • Remove fir needles, leaves, and branches from roofs and gutters on a regular basis.
  • Keep gasoline only in appropriate containers and away from occupied areas.
  • Store firewood and other combustibles away from buildings.
  • Keep water hoses connected and readily available.
  • Don’t leave fire pits, barbecues unattended. If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave.
  • Have essential personal documents and medications ready to grab. (This works well for other emergencies too.)
  • Practice manually opening your garage door. You may have to evacuate with the power off and don’t want to be figuring it out then.
  • Pay attention – watch Sumner’s social media as well as East Pierce Fire for updates on fire conditions, burn bans, water conservation needs and more immediate information. If you don’t have social media, Sumner’s posts also appear right on our website homepage.
  • Sign up for PC Alert and get alerts by text, phone or email for your home or business. Be sure to include your full address. If you enter just your zip code, you’ll receive any alert sent to any part of that zip code, making it confusing to know if you need to evacuate or not.
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