Wildfire season is just beginning, but in November, one neighborhood association in a rural part of Clark County already had fire danger on its mind.
Erin Allee, co-chair of the Proebstel Neighborhood Association, emailed Clark County Manager Shawn Henessee and county Director of Public Works Ahmad Qayoumi regarding Camp Bonneville.
Clark County accepted ownership of the rural military installation in 2011. Since then, the county has been working with the U.S. Army and state Department of Ecology to clean up the lead and unexploded munitions left over from nine decades of military training, with the eventual aim of opening it to the public.
New housing developments have sprung up near Camp Bonneville, a 6-square-mile site east of Vancouver. Allee wrote to county officials raising concerns that fires could affect developed areas and that the area posed particular challenges with its “unique access restrictions.”
Allee asked the county to reach out to the state Department of Natural Resources to ask for additional funding and resources “for a substantive prevention and firefighting plan to be implemented immediately.”