State's wildfire season starts Monday

jdodge@theolympian.comApril 10, 2013 

Regardless of the wet, rainy spring, wildfire season officially begins Monday, as specified by state law.

The risk of wildfires can change rapidly during the spring when warmer, drier weather begins. Wildfires can damage natural resources, destroy homes, and threaten the safety of the public and firefighters who protect forests and communities, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.

Seventeen forest fires have already been reported this year on lands protected by DNR. During last year, a total of 794 fires burned approximately 68,347 acres. In 2012, 94 percent of the wildfires that burned on DNR-protected lands were contained to less than 10 acres in size. Overall, 79 percent of the wildfires on DNR-protected lands in 2012 were human-caused.

DNR wants to remind people to take appropriate action to prevent wildfires and protect property before the vegetation dries out and fire risk increases.

This year, DNR is encouraging homeowners, land managers, first responders, developers, business owners, and civic leaders to focus on “Knowing Your Role” when it comes to preparing communities for wildfire. Visit fireadapted.org and www.dnr.wa.gov to learn more.

jdodge@theolympian.com

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