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The Washington State Wildfire Season is Upon Us:
Are you prepared?

The Time is Now!

“The best time to fix a leaky roof,” you’ve probably heard it said, “is when the sun is shining.”  Well, the best time to protect you, your loved ones and your property from wildfires is before fires break out.  And that means now.

 Burned forest and foundations of houses

According to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, there were more than 47,500 wildland fires in the United States in 2013. The 1,527 in Washington state consumed 152,603 acres. And, in Washington state, 2014 is already on pace to be a record year. 

As the temperatures rise in the spring and remain warn until early fall, forests and brush land dry and stay that way.  All that’s needed then is a lightning strike, a tossed cigarette, a spark from a car or a embers from a poorly-extinguished campfire for a wildfire to start and spread rapidly and widely.  Whether more or less than the year before, you can count on the risk of wildfires breaking out this year.

wildfire burning adjacent to 2 story house

That means that if you have a home where the urban meets the wild you, your family and your property better be ready. Are you?  To help, below you’ll find links to some useful information to make sure you are.  And, of course, what to do should a fire starts near where you live.  

Prepare and Prevent 

 -   What you need to prepare for wildfires Washington State Division of Emergency Management    
 -     Aware of your risks?  Responsibilities?  Washington State Department of Natural Resources    
 -     Wildfire – Are Your Prepared?– U.S. Fire Administration      
 -     How To Make Your Home FIREWISE– Video with steps to reduce risks posed by wildfires    
 -   What To Do Before, During and After a Wildfire – Federal Emergency Management Agency  

Stay in Touch

 -      Washington State Division of Emergency Management or  on Twitter         
 -     Wildland Fire updates Washington State Department of Natural Resources on Twitter    
 -     See the latest at the Northwest Interagency Coordinating Center    
 -   Track current fire activity in your area at InciWeb or on Twitter    
 -   Wildland Fire Assessment Mapping System    

And Remember

If you spot a potential wildfire, call 9-1-1 and contact (800) 552-7766.  Your and your community’s future may depend on it.

For the latest in wildfire protection and prevention: National Interagency Fire Center in Boise.

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