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Washington faces especially bad wildfire season

September 19, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Washington faces especially bad wildfire season | Filed in: zzqgqddue.

first_imgMOUNT VERNON — Wildfire responders in Western Washington are preparing for a particularly bad wildfire season.With less precipitation than normal so far in 2019 and snowpack in the North Cascades depleting rapidly, conditions are already abnormally dry and much of the western side of the state has been declared in or at risk of drought.“It’s going to be a dry summer and any outdoor burns are going to be risky,” Skagit County Deputy Fire Marshal Mark Anderson said. “We saw that in March.”During an unusually dry March, 21 outdoor burns in the county got out of control.Skagit County Deputy Fire Marshal Bonnie LaCount said the largest escalated into a 21-acre fire in the Rockport area. The second largest was a 5-acre, wind-driven fire in Clear Lake.“That’s very uncharacteristic for that time of season,” Anderson said of the number and severity of the March fires. “March through May there’s generally enough rain and humidity to keep things wet.”The state Department of Natural Resources — the state’s leading wildfire response force — fought 54 fires statewide in March, according to a news release. All but one was in Western Washington.last_img read more

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