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Blue Creek wildfire east of Walla Walla in 2015.

Bob Clendaniel, Walla Walla County Fire District No. 8 fire chief, will lead a free community presentation on wildfire awareness” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Gesa Power House Theatre, 111 N. Sixth Ave.

The presentation will include information on the November 2018 California wildfires, with firsthand pictures and accounts from local agencies, part of Washington State Task Force 2 that responded last year. 

The presentation will also cover Walla Walla County emergency management programs, including: alerts, evacuations, notifications, ready bags, safety zones and shelter in place. 

Finally, the presentation will discuss what assistance property owners can provide during a fire incident.  

A fourth-generation Walla Walla native, Clendaniel retired as deputy sheriff/sergeant with 30 years service with the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office and has 39 years of volunteer/full-time fire service. 

He has also served as incident commander, division supervisor, officer, and/or firefighter on hundreds of fires in the region. 

The lobby will open at 6; seating opens at 6:30. 

The event is sponsored by Sportsman’s Warehouse, Ninth Street Auto, L& G Ranch Supply and Columbia Rea.