This year's fire threat is coming on stronger, earlier

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - 20548098

The Department of Natural Resources is gearing up for wildfire season and this year they're expecting an earlier start.

On Tuesday DNR officials changed the fire danger level from low to moderate, several weeks before they typically do.

"We are seeing fire almost everyday now almost every week and sometimes multiple fires," Andrew Stenbeck with DNR said.

Stenbeck says fire season is knocking at our back door. "We will be in fire season two to three weeks early so we expect to start seeing significant fires here at the end of this month, beginning of next month," Stenbeck said.

At Riverside State Park, trees are getting a fire proof make-over as crews prep for the upcoming wildfire season.

'We go through and try to remove all disease trees as we can. There's ten of thousands of the small trees we end up eliminating," Michael Martin with Chewack Wildfire.

By July 1st DNR will be completely fire ready with its 11 engine trucks up and running. Grants are available to help homeowners thin out their trees and prepare their home for fire season.

If you want more information, contact the Department of Natural Resources.