Washington sees fewest acres burned due to wildfires in decades

This year, just over 140,300 acres of land have burned around Washington state, compared with 484,000 in 2021, according to the DNR.

MATCH – Editor’s Note: The above video of the first wildfire map in Washington was first broadcast on July 22, 2022.

As the 2022 fire season ends, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says this results in the fewest burning of acres in a decade.

This year so far, just over 140,300 acres have burned around Washington state, according to the DNR, compared with 484,000 acres in 2021 and 842,000 acres in 2020 burned. 2021 and 2020 are the second and third worst years in the state’s history. 2015 marked the worst fire season in the state’s history, where more than a million acres burned.

Public Cadastral Commissioner Hilary Franz celebrated the moderate fire season on Friday and thanked those who have helped fight fires this season. The fire season usually begins in early July and ends in late September.

“The combination of DNR equipment, aerial firefighting assets, personnel, partnerships with other agencies, as well as a wet spring and heavy rain have delayed the start of the season,” says Franz. This year’s fire has contributed to our success.”

Franz also said House Bill 1168 last year was key in fighting fires in the state. Franz says the funding has helped DNR prevent more than 94% of fires in 10 acres or less.

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Despite the average 2022 fire season, Franz emphasized the importance of fire safety and the use of fire prevention methods, as the Bolt Creek Fire continues to burn.

“Bolt Creek has reminded us that wildfires have no boundaries,” says Franz. “As climate change and other factors have attenuated the length and impact of fire seasons, turning them instead into fire years, wildfires are no longer an eastern problem – it’s a problem. statewide.”

The Bolt Creek Fire, near Skykomish, broke out on September 10. DNR estimates the fire covers 12,927 acres and is 36% contained. The fire continued to burn into the Wild Sky Wildnerness and caused many US 2 closures. The exact origin and cause details are still under investigation, but the Western Washington Incident Management Team confirmed it was human. the cause.

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Edmund DeMarche

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