Benton County Fire District 4 is asking the public to stay prepared for wildfires, especially in light of recent weather.
The district warned of how recent rains have led to lush vegetation in the spring, and once those plants dry out, they could become a dangerous fuel source for wildfires. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, up to 45 percent of Washington state is wildland-urban interface areas where developed land joins grasslands that are prone to wildland fires.
“Late rains this season could leave residents off guard when it comes to ensuring their homes and property are prepped for fire safety,” said Fire Chief Paul Carlyle. “Dry months are here, and that puts lives and property at risk.” A little work now can reduce the risk of damage to your property by wildland fires.