Hot and dry conditions make the potential for wildfire extremely high over the next several days on both sides of the Cascade Mountains. In a statement released this morning (Thursday, 8/16) Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark said:
“The next three days are going to be very dangerous in terms of the potential for wildfire. That is true in Western Washington as well as Eastern Washington. It is everyone’s responsibility to be safe and not take any risks. As the Taylor Bridge Fire demonstrates, the risk and consequences of catastrophic wildfire is extreme. We have hundreds of firefighters fighting two major wildfires in Washington and resources are stretched thin by fires across the West. Now is the time to be ever-vigilant.”
In addition to the Taylor Bridge Fire in central Washington, local, state, tribal and federal wildfire teams, in addition to DNR, are dealing with the Buffalo Lake Road Fire, which has burned more than 8,000 acres near Coulee Dam since Tuesday evening, August 14.
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