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Wildfire season officially begins April 15

Wildfire season begins April 15, as specified by state law, according to a statement from the state Department of Natural Resources.

The state’s “summer fire rules” are in effect from April 15 through October 15. These rules apply to the 12.7 million acres of private and state forestlands protected from wildfire by DNR.

Last year, a total of 549 fires burned approximately 7,604 acres. Ninety-four percent of the wildfires on DNR-protected lands that year were caused by people.

Before vegetation dries out and fire risk increases, people should take appropriate action to prevent wildfires and protect their property in the event of a wildfire, according to DNR. Homeowners in fire-prone areas are encouraged to consider participating in the Firewise Communities Program. The program teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire danger and encourages neighbors to work together to prevent losses.

More information on fire and burning regulations is available at www.dnr.wa.gov.

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