Washington wildfire risk remains high heading into fall

  • Source: KATU-TV ABC 2 Portland
  • Published: 09/15/2023 12:00 AM

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Autumn begins late next week, and firefighters are urging you to not let your guard down. Wildfires are still a big concern, even as the season changes. "Human beings still cause over 90% of our wildfires in Washington state," Washington State Forester George Geissler said. It's an alarming statistic. The Ad Council just released a new public service announcement featuring Smokey the Bear. It's aimed at helping people learn how to prevent even more destruction. Geissler said Washington's numbers in 2023 are actually a bit lower than in years past. Data provided by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) shows just over 1,000 fires have burned on DNR-protected land statewide so far this year. That's the lowest we've seen in quite some time.


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