In preparation for the summer wildfire season, DNR offers safety training to members of the news media who may want to visit the firelines. Earlier this week in Seattle, DNR staff members trained more than three dozen radio, television and print reporters, camera operators and others in basic wildfire safety procedures, including deploying and getting into an emergency fire shelter in 25 seconds or less. (And, we made them fold up the practice shelters after they were done, too.)
Indications are that wildfire activity in Washington State could start sooner this fire season than in previous years — perhaps, as early as the end of June. In the past three years, the biggest fires tended to occur in late summer and early fall. This year, lower-than-normal springtime precipitation on both sides of the Cascades may lead to an earlier wildfire season.
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