Crews have been training in Cle Elum to get ready for the Fourth of July weekend. The long holiday weekend brings more people into the woods and wildlands, which increases risks of accidental fire starts. DNR firefighters want to be prepared.
Fighting fires from the air
DNR keeps seven helicopters staffed and ready to go each day throughout the state’s lengthy fire season. The specially trained crews are transported by helicopter into remote and rugged areas to fight wildfires. They are an important part of the DNR fire program because they can get to wildfires while they are small; a safer and more efficient way to put fires out is to suppress them before they grow into massive wildfires.
Large wildfires create a huge risk to health, human safety, and natural resources, but they also cost exponentially more to suppress as they grow in size. Since Helitack crews can be off the ground and enroute to a fire within five minutes of dispatch, they are a vital part DNR’s fire program. By using Helitack crews, we can more quickly and more effectively contain wildfires throughout the state.
You can help
Even though DNR Helitack crews are trained and ready for wildfires, we need people to be extremely cautious this holiday weekend and for the rest of the summer. Do your part to prevent wildfires this season by following these tips:
- Never discharge fireworks on DNR-protected lands
- Extinguish your campfire completely until it’s cool to the touch
- Report any fire to 800-562-6010
- Create defensible space around your home to help protect it from wildfire. Go to www.firewise.org for more information.
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