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Kittitas (pronounced 'kit-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
The WUI mitigates damage and risk to life and property and
reduces the risk of forest fires due to structure fires in
hazard areas (and vice versa). Fuel reduction at the interface
between natural lands and developments can reduce the intensity
of the fires before they enter populated areas within the
wild-land urban interface.
Research has shown that the most important factors influencing
building survival during a wildfire are fire intensity,
vegetation characteristics, building materials, and maintaining
a defensible space. Strategies for protecting homes from
wildfires have been developed with these factors in mind.
Wildland-Urban Interface Modification Criteria Advisory Committee Page
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.