Seattle, Washington 2021-05-27 04:30:00 –
Washington State Department of Natural Resources firefighters are preparing for a possible Memorial Day weekend after a record number of wildfires struck the state in April.
According to DNR Commissioner Hillary Franz, the state is already in the fire season, with warmer and drier expectations over the next few weeks.
“When you spend the weekend outdoors, be aware of your surroundings and avoid activities that could be a fire hazard due to continued temperature rise,” Franz said in a press release. I am.
The 225 wildfires that the state’s Ministry of Natural Resources responded to in April were the highest ever. This department has responded to an average of 54 wildfires in April of the last decade. Most of these were caused by people burning piles of debris from garden waste.
Droughts continue to be a driving force for growing concerns about wildfires around the state. From January to April, this year is the top 10% of the driest years in central and eastern Washington since 1894. The outlook for June-August will be drier and warmer than usual.
This year, the Department of Natural Resources has already experienced more than 380 fires, well above the 10-year average of 133 at this point in the year.
To prevent fires, the state recommends watering before leaving the campfire. If it’s still warm to the touch, it’s not safe to leave. Do not leave a pile of burns. You also need to have a hose ready in case a fire escapes from the boundary. The chain should not drag the pavement, and target shooting on dry grass is not a good idea.
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