Lake Cushman Firewise Council

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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

FireBreak Newsletter
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)

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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 Bill Sostrich

A few memories:  May 17, 2014 Project

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; Chipping 2013

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 or calling 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 can schedule.

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.,-123.186285&spn=0.006915,0.019205&z=16  

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 JupiterDr 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
Today 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 project in Div 18.1

It mainly dealt with trimming up and removing some small Douglas Firs/cedars.  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 Div 2 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 neighbors!

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!

Nov 18th
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 a Firewise 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 wildland and 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 people to prepare for a fire before it occurs. The program is especially well suited to small communities, developments and residential associations of all types.

The Firewise Community/USA of Lake Cushman recently completed a Firewise demonstration project this summer at a high visibility location. Ladder fuels were removed from trees located at the entrance to the community. Ladder fuels are created when vegetation of different heights is close enough to allow a ground fire to climb up into treestops.

Managing the crown spacing between trees, pruning up limbs and eliminating 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 been recognized 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!

For further information visit

Firewise Projects May2008May 28th, 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.  SeattleTimes

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 posted.

If you have questions concerning your project funding, please contact Lauren Maloney at or 503-808-6587.

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.