Wash. Dept. of Natural Resources responds to 50 wildfires since Monday

Wash. Dept. of Natural Resources responds to 50 wildfires since Monday
Couresy: Southeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team 

Department of Natural Resources firefighters have responded to 50 wildfires in Washington since Monday.

Forty-nine of those wildfires were in Western Washington.

According to WADNR, engines with 10-person hand crews rushed to the front lines and dispatch centers quickly alllocatd resouces to threatened communities.

Experts at WDNR said the wildfires are a result of a dry weather. They said this dry spell is anomoly.

Offshore, easterly winds are a known and fairly common, critical fire weather pattern for Western Washington. In these cases, high pressure sets up east of the Cascades and low pressure on the west side.

“These winds usually come with warm and very dry conditions that promote considerable west side fire activity,” said WADNR Meterologist Josh Clark.

Clark said the recent fires stand out not because of the phenomenom, but the timing. Typically, this type of pattern occurs during peak fire season in August through early October, not in March.

Now, WADNR is reminding the public that wildfire prevention should be a focus all year long. Last year, wildfire investigators found most wildfires in Washington state were human-caused.

There are several easy steps to take to prevent wildfires. WADNR suggested making sure nothing is dragging on your car, putting out your campfire and knowing the wildfire risk in your community.

“Wildfire is a Washington state problem,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz. “While my team and I get ready for the season, we need the public to help us out by being wildfire aware and practicing prevention.”

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