We have seen a rise in wildfires as evident in the past few years. Governor Inslee sent out a press release stating he was expanding the drought emergency for nearly half of the State of Washington, including our region.
The following 24 watersheds are now added to the emergency drought declaration:
Chelan, Colville, Cowlitz, Deschutes, Elwha-Dungeness, Entiat, Grays-Elochoman, Kennedy-Goldsborough, Kettle, Lower Chehalis, Lower Skagit-Samish, Lower Yakima, Lyre-Hoko, Naches, Nooksack, Queets-Quinault, Quilcene-Snow, Skokomish-Dosewallips, Soleduc, Stillaguamish, Upper Chehalis, Upper Skagit, Wenatchee, and Willapa.
The National Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook report gives a report of what to expect May through September, including weather and climate outlook. It doesn’t look promising for our region.
They are predicting another high season of wildfires this summer. Take action this summer to help prevent fires and protect yourself and your family during wildfire season. And read more on the U.S. Dept of Agriculture’s site on this season’s Fire Outlook.