THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES SAYS
THERE'S AN INCREASED POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT FIRES
EARLIER IN THE SEASON THAN LAST YEAR.
WITH MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND BEING CONSIDERED THE START
TO THE SEASON...
KXLY 4'S CAITI CURREY IS WORKING FOR YOU TONIGHT WITH
TIPS FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WILL BE SPENDING YOUR NEXT
WEEKEND IN THE WOODS.
KRISTI - THE MAJORITY OF WILDFIRES IN SPOKANE COUNTY
ARE CAUSED BY PEOPLE.
AND OFFICALS SAY MANY TIMES IT ALL COULD HAVE BEEN
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND IS THE KICK-OFF TO THE SUMMER
PEOPLE HEAD OUTDOORS TO ENJOY THE WARM WEATHER...
AND THIS MEANS CAMPING.
People leave their campfires unattended, them escaping
their not following the rules.
we start dealing with that more and mroe as we hit
this upcoming weekend with memorial day weekend.
GUY GIFFORDS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
SAYS MANY PEOPLE ARE UNAWARE OF HOW MANY WILDFIRES
SPOKANE COUNTY SEES ON AVERAGE.
Our normal fire season is over 100 fires a year.
GIFFORDS SAYS EACH YEAR AT LEAST ONE HOME IS LOST
BECAUSE OF WILDFIRES EACH SEASON.
HOWEVER, THAT IS CONSIDERED TO BE A GOOD SEASON.
EARLIER THIS MONTH WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL
RESOURCES SAID THIS SEASON IS LIKELY TO BE WORSE THAN
MAKING THIS WEEKEND CRITICAL FOR SAFE FIRE PRACTICES.
The key thing people don't do is put a trail around
PUTTING A TRAIL OR A RING AROUND ANY FIRE HELPS PREVENT
THE FIRE FROM SPREADING.
OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER...
the wind change.
our weather patterns change very quickly.
It can be calm like it is today, the afternoon all
of a sudden the wind picks up and we get a hail storm
the wind picks up and takes that fire and all of a
sudden we have a wildfire.
LEAVING A FIRE WHEN IT'S STILL HOT OR BURNING CAN
BE ANOTHER ISSUE.
IF YOU ARE LEAVING A FIRE BEHIND REMEMBER THESE THREE
Drown, stir and feel.
You pour water, you take your shovel and you stir,
and then you feel with the back of your hands to make
sure it's cool to the touch with the back of your
IF A FIRE IS CAUSED BY HUMAN NEGLEGANCE, THE STATE
CAN SEEK COST RECOVERY...
WHICH CAN GET REALLY EXPENSIVE.
If it's a small fire we might spend 20-thousand dollars.
and people will say that's a lot of money and yes
but if it had gotten bigger we would have spend millions.
THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES ADVISES ANYONE
GOING CAMPING TO CALL 1-800-323-BURN
TO CHECK ON THE BURNING CONDITIONS.
NO MATTER THE TIME OF YEAR...
BECAUSE THERE MAY BE RESTIRCTIONS.
ALSO CHECK WITH THE CAMP GROUNDS BECAUSE EACH CAMPSITE
HAS DIFFERENT RULES, EVEN IF THEY'RE JUST A FEW MILES
AWAY FROM ONE ANOTHER.
REPORTING IN STUDIO TONGIHT.
CAITI CURREY KXLY 4 NEWS.