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Learning from History

By Fran Sigurdsson
Published: November 8, 2010
This year marks the centennial of the infamous 1910 fire that ravaged over 3 million acres in northern Idaho, western Montana and eastern Washington.  Flames burned a portion of the Dale and Jane Scotts’ property; afterwards, the mountain top re- seeded into the meadow of Dale’s childhood.  
   
The Scotts participate in FireSmart Kootenai County, a government program that helps residents protect their homes from wildfire by creating a survivable space, a 100-foot level perimeter around the cabin that’s clear of brush. The couple also regularly clears pine needles from their gutters.
   
The couple also installed a wildfire sprinkler system on the cabin’s perimeter with a 3,000-gallon holding tank. Being good stewards of the land, Dale and Jane conserve and recycle water as much as possible.

To read more on tips to protect your place from wildfire, click here.
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