Extended Memorial Day weekend is a good time to remember wildfire safety

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DNR specialists investigate an illegal campfire that escaped into a wildfire. DNR photo

With evacuations, road closures and the deployment of National Guard and Air Force Reservist crews, the wildfire season got off to a blazing start across the West and Midwest this week. Colorado and Arizona ordered evacuations due to wildfires threatening homes earlier in the week. A wildfire in New Mexico has scorched 82,000 acres and destroyed a dozen homes, and crews are also working on wildfires in CaliforniaMichigan and Nevada.

So far this year, DNR has responded to 162 fire incidents affecting 850 acres. The weather remains cool but the extended Memorial Day weekend brings more people into the forests, raising wildfire concerns.

Find the current fire dangers and burning restrictions in your county on the Washington State Burn Risk Map. Read DNR’s wildfire prevention tips.

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