High temperatures creating increased fire danger across state

Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue is warning residents to follow open burning prohibitions and asks recreation seekers to enjoy the areas safely.

KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. — Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue (KVFR) said it is on high alert heading into the weekend as high temperatures combine with abundant fuel that will dry up and lead to faster-spreading fires. It warns residents to obey open burning bans and asks recreation seekers to enjoy the areas safely.

“It’s an awareness and an appeal that they are part of the solution to preventing fires in the first place and they stand ready to leave the area when appropriate and hopefully ahead of last year’s fire season, which is what they did.” to protect against fire hazards,” said KVFR Deputy Chief Rich Elliott.

Homeowner Sherry Kain said her family chose to live in the area because of the canyon’s beauty and its proximity to creeks, but they are aware of the risks and exercise caution each season.

“We try to keep vegetation away from the edge of the house; It’s quite difficult because you always want roses on your house, for example, but get that out of the way and keep the sprinklers running as much as possible,” Kain said. “There’s always a risk of fire in this area – that’s just the way it is – so we always know where they are and we always have friends in the area, a community to work with.”

The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said the heat has increased fuel for fires fairly rapidly over the past week, from below normal to drier than normal, with a higher fire risk than normal.

KVFR and other agencies are working closely together on fires and are prepared for a busy season ahead, according to Deputy Chief Elliott. In recent years, he said, they’ve changed techniques and taken more sweeping measures whenever a fire breaks out, hoping to keep them in a smaller area. They have also increased communications to emphasize the importance of the evacuation.

“The psychology and emotions associated with people and their property create risk,” Deputy Chief Elliott said. “And they create a risk for us. So we try to keep them out of their areas and we try to make sure people get out of those areas early so we can just deal with the fire.”

They encourage people to sign up for emergency calls so they know when and where a fire has broken out.

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