Today, Governor Jay Inslee and Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark successfully completed the wildland firefighter safety test. By doing so, they will be able to more safely travel to fire lines in the unfortunate event of a large or hazardous wildfire. Their efforts highlight the need to be safe and prepared in the face of wildfire throughout the state.
DNR reminds Washington residents that the risk of wildfires can change rapidly during the spring when warmer, dryer weather occurs more often. Wildfires can damage natural resources, destroy homes, and threaten the safety of the public as well as the firefighters who protect forests and communities.
Last year, a total of 794 fires burned approximately 68,347 acres. In 2012, 94 percent of the wildfires that burned on DNR-protected lands were contained to less than 10 acres in size. Overall, 79 percent of the wildfires on DNR-protected lands in 2012 were human-caused.
Be safe and stay connected during wildfire season
- DNR’s Fire Twitter: http://twitter.com/waDNR_fire
- DNR Fire Update: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/rp_fire_currentfireinfodailyupdates.pdf
- Incident Information System (InciWeb): http://www.inciweb.org/state/49
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