Washington firefighters prepare for increased threat of brush fires as excessive heat lingers

  • Source: KCPQ-TV FOX 13 Seattle
  • Published: 08/18/2022 12:00 AM

With this summer’s excessively hot temperatures comes the growing threat of fires sparking almost anywhere. Crews with West Pierce Fire & Rescue said some areas of focus during brush fire season are train tracks that often have dry, overgrown brush surrounding them. The risk is heightened in those areas when the weather is not only hot, but also windy. "Today is one of those days. We all said it this morning—it feels like a day that’s probably going to burn," said Captain Jason Tinsley with West Pierce Fire and Rescue. Tinsley said firefighters are responding to a lot more brush fires this year. Crews just battled large flames in a wooded area in Lakewood on Monday. Tinsley explained the abundance of greenery from the spring dried out from the extremely hot summer, which is now fueling the risk for more fires.


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