Lake Cushman Firewise Council
- A 501c(3) Non-Profit Corporation
Nov 7 & 8, 2020
We did two projects that were demo and clean up projects in the Div 16 area (right near Stump Dump). We will continue these projects in 2021 following the Forest Management Plan developed by Mason Conservation District and LCMC. We will be putting out more information on dates on those projects in your area on the various Lake Cushman Facebook sites as well as LCMC sites. Take a look Div16 Project Nov 7
This is a map of the area of the two projects done on Nov 7 & 8th, 2020. They are small projects but go toward the goal of creating more of a fire break between Lots on one side of the street and the other. Fire breaks will make a huge difference when a wildfire event happens. Note: Div 16 is being split into different areas, A, B, C, D to be able to designate smaller sections of the large division.
Oct 23, 2019
Firewise volunteers put in 3 hrs limbing up ladder fuel and removing dead trees from the proposed dog park area. This is a greenbelt area bordering the Potlatch/Cushman Rd and Division 10 lots. See our DogParkProject for a few pictures.
May 2019 - Wildfire Preparedness Day
A great turnout for our 2019 event held at the Fire Station. We shared a film Wildfire-Preventing Home Ignitions. If you haven't seen this, we highly recommend. And then we had our guest experts talk about their experience regarding many of the ideas presented in the film. Detailing some of the things our lot owners can do to protect their properties before a wildfire event happens. We then had our drawing and gave away some great prizes! Not forgetting the refreshments served by our wonderful Auxiliary! A few pictures from the event, May2019CWPD.htm
Aug 19, 2017
Wow the Ice Cream Social for 2017 was GREAT! If you missed it, well I'm sorry you did! We had a great turn out and everyone seemed to have a great time.
So many people to thank. Fire District 18, Auxiliary, The Backwoods Windjammers for some great entertainment to eat our Olympic Mountain Ice Cream. The donations by Ken Girardi, Lois Jerden and Debra Kilcup.
I want to give a big shout out to Debra Snoey who at the last minute bailed us out with help serving our ice cream. She rounded up Jan Trainor, Linda Krase and Tammy Butler. We thank them all for their help in making our day.
Of course Betty Widing put her time and effort into getting a tour of fish hatchery.
And of course last but not least, my wonderful wife, Deanie for the MANY things she does for our Firewise efforts. I can not list the many things (I would forget many I'm sure) that she does. I can only say thanks and a big hug for her!
Oh yes, least I forget; to the Good Lord for providing one beautiful day in paradise to enjoy by all!
A few pictures: Ice Cream Social
May Chipper Day 2017
We had our chipper days for the last two days. Weather was great! Thanks to our wonderful HARD working crew we got through the piles! More info here
2017 May 6th Wildfire Community Preparedness day -
We held our May 6th event at the Fire Station and it went off really well! Much info was shared with those in the community coming to our event. A few pictures and stories at: May62107
Fred Meyer Reward (sign up proceedure)
2. Sign into your Fred Meyer Account.
3. If you are not on the Fred Meyer Community Reward page then go up to the top of the page. Right in the center of the page you will see a menu item, Rewards. Pull that down and you will see Fred Meyer Community Reward , click on that.
4. Scroll down the page a ways and you will see: Are you a Fred Meyer Customer? In that section you will see a link, Re-enroll or link your Rewards Card now --- Click on that link.
5. You will see a screen and right at the top is says; Find your Organization Type in Lake Cushman Firewise and hit Search. You will see our Lake Cushman Firewise Council show up.
Click the circle to the left of the organization name. Hit Enroll.
Congratulations you are now supporting Lake Cushman Firewise Council each time you shop at Fred Meyer whether it's to buy groceries or gas. It cost you absolutely nothing to participate and the money Lake Cushman Firewise Council receives goes right back into our Wildfire Prevention efforts. Please thank Fred Meyer for providing the funds to our non-profit organization! :)
Ice Cream Social 2016
We have been doing this for 6 yrs now. Saturday's event was busy! More people than we have ever had I can say for sure! I have to think that we had over 200 people as we ran out of most everything!
I first want to first thank those hard working volunteers in our Firewise group, Fire Auxiliary and the Emergency Evacuations group. From Firewise: Donna Hellyer, Joe Cochran, George Fisher, Bob Berger, Carl &Cathy Parker and Deanie. Auxiliary – Pat Sage, Bonnie Blewett, Lois Jerden and Sue Creed. Emergency Evac – Sonja Cousins and Anita Floyd. We also had several in the community that stepped up to help us as well: Dave Clute (Hot Dog cooker- great Job), Kristie Treibel, Dick Blewett, Bob & Russ Sage, Eileen and Fisher family, Eugenia Keefer and friend Poppy,
We also thank Debra Kilcup (Ila's Food) and Lois Jerden (Scentsy) for suppyling wonderful gifts to raffle. They were great, thanks to both of you!
The Fire Department brought the Fire engine, Brush Truck and Aid Car. And of course all of the volunteers! Really nice to see (and meet some new people) everyone.
We were even lucky enough to get DNR (no fire calls today!) with 2 of their crews to join us. I believe they all enjoyed the ice cream and hot dogs!
Pat Hodge was there with his drone and took some great shots overhead.
The entertainment was great! The Strings & Things young people were a hit with the crowd and we were just so happy to have them at our event.
To wrap the day up, Brian with Tacoma Power gave us a tour of the fish hatchery. A really good explanation of the hatchery. Some 400,000 fingerling Chinook Salmon are in the tanks now. The first releases will start in just a few weeks.
A few pictures of the event: IceCreamSocial2016
Chipper Days 2016
We had a day and a half of very sucessful chipper days on May 31st and June 1st. 24 lots were chipped, many with multiple piles. Also we spent some time with lot owners talking to them about our Firewise program and the simple things they can do to protect their properties in case of a wildfire at Lake Cushman (or the surrounding area). Click here for more pictures; ChipperMay2016
May 9, 2016 -We had a very sucessful Wildfire Preparedness day on May 7th!
About 45 people came to our event on a beautiful spring afternoon at Lake Cushman. They gathered info from our Security Dept, Emergency Evacuation Group, DNR, Firewise, Personal Preperations, Forest Management and more. Our speakers had some great info during the session at the opening of the event. We are very pleased with the turnout for the first annual event of this type.
Pictures and videos of the event: WildfirePrep2016
Our Wildfire Preparedness day on May 7th will include:
1. A presentation of the Forest Management Plan moving forward at Lake Cushman
2. A presentation by our local Department of Emergency Management.
3. A presentation by a Master Gardner regarding fire resistant plants.
4. A discussion about the “Go Bucket” and what everyone needs to do to prepare for an emergency. Sample Go Bucket kits will be given to the first 25 residents.
5. A review of our Evacuation maps, prepared & distributed this last year by the Lake Cushman Firewise Council.
6. Preparations for the 4th Annual Lake Cushman Chipper Day in May.7
Very interesting article stressing the importance of propane tank maintenance.
Around the Home - Propane Safety
Sept 8 - Chipper Day
Really nice day for chipping today! We chipped 12 properties today. Great crew and it was nice to chip a lot of fresh branches. People are doing some Firewise work! Here are a few pictures Chipping Sept
The photo's here were taken in Saskatchewan, Ca. Here is a good example of Firewise at work:
Bottom Picture: Wadin Bay was named Saskatchewan’s first FireSmart community, for taking proactive steps to protect itself from wildfire. Although three structures were burned, the community credits advance preparation, along with the tireless efforts of those who worked to protect the community, as the Eli Fire roared.
Thinning and reducing the fuel load ahead of time makes all of the difference!
May 26 & 27th, 2015
We couldn't have asked for a nicer day for Chipper Day 2015. We chipped some 16 lots and had at least 32 pickup loads of tree parts turned into chips by the end of the 2 days. We sure thank those that participated in our chipper days and look forward to another project in the near future. For a few pictures of the project follow this link; Chipper Days 2015
May 20, 2014
Ok so I have updated our Address Markers at Lake Cushman.
Here is the latest: (grab the map and drag to your area - If you have a mouse
you can zoom in or out by scrolling; No mouse, just hit Ctrl+ or Ctrl- to zoom
in or out)
View larger map
May 17, 2014
We had our second chipping program today. Much nicer
weather than the May 3 program! Again I want to thank the community for
participating in keeping Lake Cushman fire safe. Our volunteers did a
fantastic job, again! Helping us were Bob Berger, Ken Weaver, Larry
Krueger, Jason Kilpatrick, Joe Cockran, Alice Downs, George Fisher, Jim Good and
A few memories: May 17,
May 3, 2014
Today was Wildfire Prepardeness Day. The Lake Cushman Firewise Council
participated in the event by holding our Annual Chipper Day. We
worked on a very rainy day (over 3in at my house - that was in 24hrs).
But such a great group of volunteers! Makes one feel what it's like to be
a part of a Community!
We put in some hard work of chipping and can all be proud of our efforts!
Thanks to all of the volunteers: Bob Berger, Ken Weaver, Larry Krueger,
Jason Kilpatrick, Joe Cockran, Jane Potter (DNR rep), Bert & Alice Downs, Dick
Blewett, Lyoyd Mott, Carl Parker, Bill & Deanie Sostrich.
A few pictures from the day:
May 3, 2014 Project
Apr 11, 2014
The current map for our address markers is here:
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May 6, 2013
The Chipper day 2013 went very well! We chipped over
10.7 hrs (timer on machine)! The actual number of lots chipped were 25.
But many of those had more than one pile. So we are very pleased with our
efforts. Thanks so much to our chipper crew, Jason Kirkpatrick (chipper
operator), Larry Krueger, Bob Berger, Ken Weaver, Joe Cockran, Jim Mitchell,
Jane Potter (DNR rep), Bert Downs, Alice Downs, Lorna Burgwin, Donna Hellyer and
Bill & Deanie Sostrich. Some pictures of our efforts;
Apr 3, 2013
If you haven't signed up for our 2013 Chipper day you need to
do so. We are having this event on May 4th & 5th. We only ask that
you sign up ahead of time. You can do so by emailing
877-2189. This year we are asking for a $15 donation (per pile) to pay for
rental of the chipper. A "pile" is a 8 ft long, 4 ft wide, by 4 ft high.
If you have more than one that is fine, we just need to know ahead of time so we
Apr 2, 2013
The Stump Dump will be open again this year on Apr 27 & 28th.
Bring all of your green debris!
Here are the locations of address markers we have installed
as of Feb 2013. Click on the, "view larger map" for a better look.
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May 5, 2012
Our Firewise Chipper day was very well received on May 5th. Unfortunately we signed up about 3
more folks than we were able to chip!
We had 29 people sign up and we removed a lot of limbs and tree parts
that would have added to our ever-increasing fuel load here at Lake Cushman. A “guestimate” - around 55 pickup
loads of debris removed.
Our thanks to all that participated in our event. Here is some pictures of the event. Chipper Day.
Oct 24, 2011
We had a drawing for 3 hrs of Firewise work on your lot. Eileen Fisher won
the drawing. After some arm twisting we convinced Geoge to donate his time
to Bob & Pat McCormick. So on Mon Oct 24 we did the project. Here
are some pics. Project
May 5, 2011
The Stump dump will be open May 28th and June 18th from 10am - 2pm.
The directions are shown in the Google Map.
The stump dump is right at the intersection of Rainbow Way E and Potlatch
Cushman Rd. Turn south onto the Potlatch Cushman Rd and just before the
locked gate you will see the Stump dump on your right.
Nov, 1, 2010
Our first grant monies have been used! The money for doing some much
needed clearing was
received from DNR. The project was along
Standstill Dr. and included trimming
and cutting trees that were creating problems for our Fire Department as well as
a danger to the community. This really opened up our fire breaks along
this road as well. Thank you Charley Burns and our DNR partners!
Aug 11, 2010
Take a look at our
project. What a difference a few hours of work make. You might drive
by and look for our Firewise Project sign. Thanks to the Firewise
Volunteers that made this project possible, Jim Mitchel, Jerry Eaton, Rick
Donohue, George Fisher and Bob Berger.
Aug 10, 2010
On Tuesday August 10th a great crew of Firewise volunteers stuffed, labeled,
stamped and sorted 450 pieces for mailing to residents in Lake Cushman. Donna
Hellyer, Bill and Vern Weed, Mike and Laura Bergwin, Art Emmons, Eileen Fisher
and Deanie Sostrich worked for three hours at the LCMC meeting room preparing
the pieces. This first effort concentrated on reaching certain zip codes in
Divisions 1, 2 3 and 4. Future projects will target Divisions around Lake
Kokanee. Many thanks to the whole group. The purpose of Firewise is to educate
homeowners about ways to protect their homes and in our recreational area we
need to reach as many people as possible
July 31, 2010
we held our
Ice Cream Social
at the Div 1
park. This event was co-sponsored by the Lake Cushman Firewise Council &
the Fire Auxiliary. We had
purchased ice cream from our local source, Olympic Mountain Ice Cream. As you may or may not know this
stuff is GOOD!. We bought 7 – 1 ½
ga. Containers and the flavors consisted of huckleberry pie, fudge, honey
vanilla, strawberry and banana cream.
Your mouth watering yet!
I want to give a special
thank you to Fire District 18 and DNR Crew for attending the get together. I think they all enjoyed the day, as
did we all!
We plan on this being an annual event and next year we will be welcoming more of
our Lake Cushman residents!
July 10, 2010
Today we had some wonderful volunteers help on a
It mainly dealt with trimming up and removing some small
Also there was a large hedge in the back yard of laurels
and dead and dying wood on the lot.
I want to thank Lloyd Mott for donating his chipper and
being a big help in the cleanup. Also special thanks to
my friend and neighbor, Tom Treible.
He and I talked about the project yesterday and he just
volunteered to come over and help us today!
We are looking for more neighbors who might be able to help us in
working on these projects. Just a few
hours can make a world of a difference to us all!
June 16, 2010
Today we did a project in
A neighbor who had contacted
Firewise indicating that she was not able to do the work and could use the
assistance. She in turn gave us a very generous donation and we thank her for
thinking about keeping her property Firewise friendly not only for her
benefit but also the
Sept 23, 2009 -
We are now taking your orders for the Address Markers. You
will see a flyer similiar to the one shown here that contains more info:
To place your order send a
check to: Lake Cushman Firewise
PO Box 953
Hoodsport, Wa. 98548
Include your Name, Cushman Address, Ph Number and amount inclosed.
Thank you for helping Firewise and your Fire Department!
We had a good article in our local Newspaper about Lake Cushman Firewise.
Article was written by our local reporter & photographer, Barbara Washburn.
Here is the article:
The Lake Cushman Firewise Committee was recently recognized as
Community/USA and is
proud of it.
They note that
when adequately prepared, a
house can withstand a wildland fire without
the intervention of the fire service.
In fact, a house and its surrounding
community can be both Firewise and
compatible with the area's ecosystem.
The Firewise Communities/USA
recognition program enables communities in all parts
of the U.S. to achieve a
sustainable ecosystem balance as well
as a high level of protection against
fire where the wildland and urban areas meet.
The Firewise Communities/USA
program provides residents of the
urban interface with
the knowledge and skill necessary to
make it happen. The goal is to encourage and
acknowledge action that minimizes home loss to wildfire. It teaches
prepare for a fire before it
occurs. The program is especially well
suited to small communities, developments and
residential associations of
Lake Cushman recently completed a Firewise demonstration project this summer at a high
Ladder fuels were removed from trees
located at the
entrance to the community. Ladder fuels are created when
different heights is close
enough to allow a ground fire to climb
crown spacing between trees, pruning up limbs and
ladder fuels will keep a
wildland fire on the ground. A fire on
the ground is easier to control than
one in the tree crowns and will cause
less damage to trees. Not only did the
project provide a Firewise discussion point for Cushman residents and the,
local Firewise board but it also improved visibility for vehicles entering
or leaving the area.
Lake Cushman has
by Firewise Communities/USA since
2006. The local Firewise council
is in the process of creating a corporation. If you or someone you know will be making charitable donations next year, please keep Firewise in mind. The council promises that the funds collected will go to the local communities' fuel reduction efforts!
information visit firewise.lakecushman.us
Firewise Projects May2008,
Aug26. These are things we (Firewise Council) are trying to do to show our
residents what a Firewise Project looks like. These are the things we all need
to be doing to our own lots.
Aug 25, 2008
Here is an interesting article about our fire situation and some more good
reasons to Firewise your home.
Aug 12, 2008osals we submitted requesting funding. At this time, we
are unsure what funding will be allocated and cannot confirm whether your
project will actually be funded. Once we learn our final budget
numbers for FY 2009, we will contact you with more information. Please visit
www.nwfireplan.govpan> where periodic updates will be
If you have questions concerning your project funding, please contact Lauren
Thank you for your interest in helping us to implement the National Fire Plan.
Mark Gray, Chair
PNWCG National Fire Plan Working Team 360-902-1754
Recently the Fire Department was awarded (through a Homeland Security Grant) a
Ham Radio. This last week a number of Firewise Volunteers and community members,
in conjuction with Department of Emergency Management (DEM), installed the radio
and tower. This will greatly aid our community in the next emergency situation.
A few pictures of Ham Radio at the Community Disaster Center/Fire Station
District 18. Click on the link to see;
Ham Radio Project
We have updated the links page with some really important links. One of those is the Online Home Assessment. This is a quick way to see what you should be doing to reduce your homes "time to ignition". After all is said and done, you are the best resource in protecting your home. The area around the home, the materials on your home, all of these things need to be considered. Check this site out.
Once you have done the Home Assessment, go to the link "Protecting Your Home from Wildfire". This will give you some tips on selecting materials for your home.