Fall Cleanups - Clearing Close to Home
- Written by Faye Barker, CFR
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While the home ignition zone (HIZ) typically includes property within 150 feet of your home, concentrating on surfaces closest to your home – 0 to 5 feet from structures – can make a tremendous difference when it comes to preventing harmful ignitions. Fall is an especially good time to focus (inward) as the areas closest to your house often provide nooks and crannies where debris can accumulate, endangering your home in the event that embers or flames come near.
Following are some actions you can take during your fall cleanup efforts to make sure your “0 to 5 zone” is truly safe.
- Clear gutters of leaves, pine needles, twigs and trash particles that collect. And remove all cut vegetation, dead material and debris from your property.
- Close off spaces under decks and exterior vents with 1/8 inch metal screening to prevent embers from entering. Also repair screens and venting around your home through which embers could enter or allow a fire to ignite.
- Keep spaces under a deck free of all combustible materials such as lumber, leaves and firewood. The same goes for spaces under bushes that may be near structures.
- Use flowerbeds, walkways, rock walls, and lawn to break up the continuity of vegetation in this zone. These can help create a firebreak close to your house.
- Make sure that any plants growing within the zone are non-flammable and will not ignite easily.
- Trim any grasses growing within the zone and be sure that any plants do not offer a “ladder” to other vegetation growing nearby. Also trim vegetation away from windows. Burning vegetation close to a window can break the glass, allowing fire to enter.
- Thin “ladder fuels” from under trees. Lowest limbs should clear vegetation underneath the tree by 3 times the height of the undergrowth.
- Trim trees so foliage is no closer than 10 feet from the outlet of any chimney, roofline, eaves and walls. Also thin trees and shrubs to prevent interlocking canopies. Space trees at least 10 feet apart at branch tips, more if on a slope.
- Remove lower branches on trees and shrubs to prevent fire on the ground from moving up into the crowns. A good rule of thumb is prune to 8 feet on larger trees or 1/3 of the tree height on small trees.
- Make sure that any firewood is stacked well beyond this “inside zone,” at least 30 feet or more from your home.
- Evaluate which trees or shrubs need protection from winter elements and plan to take care of these plants before the cold weather comes.
- If your home was constructed with building materials that are not up to Firewise standards, such as wood shakes on your roof, consider updating these materials.
- Clearly post your address on your home and at all driveway junctions. Numbers should be reflective for easy view in smoke or dark.
Manson Girls Basketball vs Waterville 10-29-13
- Written by Mey Broome
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The Manson Middle School Girls basketball team hosted Waterville on Tuesday, October 29th.
Another close game, Manson won 32-31. Sandra Diaz (8th grader) scored 3 points, Haley Williams (7th grader) scored 5 points, Angie Guillen (8th grader) scored 6 points, Kayla Gosvenor (8th grader) scored 8 points, and Megan Clausen (7th grader) scored 10 points.
It was a tough and physical game but the girls stayed strong and worked hard to get the win.
Very proud of them and it was a great way to end the season.
Manson Football vs Bridgeport 10-25-13
- Written by Scott Ward
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Manson 6 6 21 27
Bridgeport 7 22 29 29
The Bridgeport Mustangs traveled to Manson on Friday night to take on our Trojans for Homecoming, and what a game it was. It was really a tale of two halves. Due to a couple of early turnovers and some dead ball penalties we allowed Bridgeport to get out to a 22-6 halftime lead. Bridgeport did a great job of capitalizing on our early mistakes. Then Bridgeport came out of half time and put together a very good 11 play drive and capped it off with a 1-yard touchdown run making the score 29-6.
From that point on our defense really clamped down, holding the Mustangs to a total of 30 yards for the remainder of the contest. Behind the strong running of Andre Hannah, Mike Pittman, and Christian Lopez and our well conditioned offensive line we were able to score a couple of touchdowns and chip our way back into the game. We opened the 4th quarter with the score Bridgeport 29 and Manson 21. The ball went back and forth for most of the quarter until the Trojans were able to cap off a 9-play drive with a 5-yard touchdown run by Andre Hannah with just over a minute to play in the game. The score was Bridgeport 29 and Manson 27 and we were in a position to go for the 2-point conversion for the tie. I had a questionable coaching moment at that point and dialed up a play action pass that came up short. It was well defended by the Mustangs. With the way we were running the ball it's one of those calls that I will probably think about for awhile. The boys played hard enough to win and showed the coaching staff and Manson fans a tremendous amount of character coming back from a 29-6 deficit. I've known a lot of teams that would have thrown in the towel at that point but our boys didn't. I would like to congratulate Bridgeport for well played game and thank all of the Manson Trojan supporters who came to the game and cheered us on. Your presence was definitely felt on the field. Our next contest will be in Seattle vs. Seattle Lutheran on Saturday, November 2.
Bo Charlton: 2/12, 25 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT.
Jorge Tejada- 2 receptions for 25 yards and 1 TD
Andre Hannah- 26 carries for 223 yards and 2 TD's
Mike Pittman- 9 carries for 59 yards and 1 TD
Christian Lopez- 5 carries for 30 yards
Jorge Juarez- 2 carries for 4 yards
David Guillen- 1 carry for 10 yards
Bo Charlton- 1 carry for 2 yards
Jorge Tejada- 1 carry for -10 yards.
Defensive Standouts for the Trojans:
Andre Hannah- 5 solo tackles, 3 first hits, and 5 assists
Mike Pittman- 5 solo tackles, 2 first hits, and 6 assists
Manson Girls Vollyball 10-22-13 through 10-26-13
- Written by Hayli Libbey Thompson
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The Lady Trojan Volleyball team played three games last week and walked away with their first league win against Lake Roosevelt, but lost against Liberty Bell and Entiat.
On Tuesday, October 22nd, the Lady Trojans hosted Lake Roosevelt, beating the Lady Raiders in 5 games- losing the first two sets 24-26 and 18-25 before coming back to win the last three sets with scores of 25-22, 25-11 and 15-6.
Some match highlights include Raechel Vanderholm who served 15 for 15 with two aces. Kristen Gibson served 16 for 18 with 5 aces and Ruby Garcia served 17 for 19 with an ace. Leading the team in kills were Davia Walters, Baylee Ward and Maddee Ward with four each, Ally Paige and Jana Russell each added another two kills each. Kristen Gibson and Ruby Garcia led the team in assists and Cynthia Espinoza and Aylee Neff led in digs.
On Thursday, October 24th, the Lady Trojans traveled to Liberty Bell to take on a tough Mt. Lion team- and lost in four games with scores of 23-25, 12-25, 25-18 and 16-25.
Leading the Lady Trojan team were Raechel Vanderholm, serving 16 for 16 with one ace, Cynthia Espinoza served 14 for 16 with three aces. Leading the team in kills was Maddee Ward with three- with Davia Walters and Ally Paige each adding another two. The team had their career high blocks for the night with Davia Walters, Maddee Ward, Baylee Ward and Ally Paige each participating in 8 blocks- and Maddee Ward putting up 5 solo blocks and Davia Walters adding two more. Kristen Gibson and Ruby Garcia led the team in assists and Cynthia Espinoza and Aylee Neff led in digs.
Saturday, October 26th, Manson hosted Entiat Lady Tigers and lost in five games with scores of 20-25, 25-23, 25-23, 17-25 and 8-15.
Highlights from the game include: four kills each by Maddee Ward and Baylee Ward, with 3 aces for Baylee as well. Cynthia Espinoza and Ally Paige added two kills each and Cynthia added 4 aces to lead the team. Kristen Gibson and Ruby Garcia led the team in assists and Cynthia Espinoza led in digs.
The Lady Trojans will play their last two games of the season this week, both will be at home. On Tuesday, October 29th, Manson will host Oroville in their final league contest- JV starts at 6 PM with varsity to follow.
The Lady Trojan Volleyball team’s six seniors will be recognized at Senior Night on Friday, November 1st when they will host Riverside Christian in a non league match. Action starts at 5PM with JV starting first.
Rock blasting complete for season, construction work still continues east of Snoqualmie Pass
- Written by Meagan McFadden, WSDOT Communications
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HYAK – Although rock blasting is complete for the season on Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass, crews are still working on a few construction projects that may cause minor delays for drivers next week.
The Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews are working to get the project area, 4 miles east of the Snoqualmie Pass between milepost 56 to 61, ready for winter shutdown. Drivers may experience minor delays due to single lane closures Monday through Friday.
Crews also continue work to replace bridge decks near Easton and Ellensburg. Drivers traveling between mileposts 73 to 77 and between mileposts 104 to 105 will experience minor delays due to single lane closures in both direction Monday through Friday.
Crews are also finishing a paving project near Easton, which will require the closure of a single lane intermittently Monday through Friday near milepost 65.