The Department of Natural Resources is expecting this year's fire season to be above normal and that while the number of fires they see might not change, the size of the fires probably will.
“We're expecting higher than normal temperatures so in certain areas, especially in the Spokane area, we're expecting a slightly above normal fire season,” Guy Gifford with the DNR said.
The fire season usually hits its peak in September, however with dry conditions and higher than normal temperatures it means the fire danger is rising more rapidly than usual. For Eastern Washington this is expected to cause more large project fires.
“The thing is in Eastern Washington our normal fire season is 500 fires a year. That's normal. Of those we can usually expect six to ten of that many fires a year becoming a Type 2 which we call a project fire," Gifford said.
These types of wildfires span between 500 and 800 acres and require more outside resources to get them contained.
“More large fires means more homes threatens and more homes lost in a normal fire year," Gifford said.
So how do you stay safe? Well you can start by preparing your home, by making sure you have an area around your house that won't burn by thinning and pruning trees.
Also if you live in an area typically threatened by wildfires you can also call the DNR at 684-7474 to come inspect your home for free. They will give you tips on how to stay safe and make your home more resilient to wildfires.