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Washington State Fire Marshal Urging Preparedness and Prevention Heading into Wildfire Season

OLYMPIA– Summer is just around the corner, and the weather is expected to get warmer and dryer. As we get ready for sun and fun, we need to prevent and prepare for wildfires.

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In 2023, Washington had one of our most challenging wildfire seasons to date with a total of 1,880 wildfires- the second highest recorded reported by Commissioner Franz, DNR Leaders. According to the National Fire Protection Association, wildfires cost the US $18 billion in property losses in 2022.

Wildfire Preparedness Day is May 4th which is a great time to take the following actions:

Reduce risk:

  • Clear fuel sources such as dead vegetation away from your home and other structures.
  • Engage in a local community cleanup day.
  • Proper fire safety on a daily basis to prevent accidental fires.
  • Fire-resistant construction.
  • Remain informed of emergency alerts.

Be prepared:

  • Create an emergency kit including food, important documents, a battery-powered radio, a first aid kit, and any medicine you need.
  • Have a communication plan for notifying neighbors of an emergency.
  • Practice your family’s escape plan paths out of the house, neighborhood, and where to meet.
  • Pack your vehicle with everything you need.
  • Have someone assigned to get the pets so there is no miscommunications.
  • Listen to emergency personnel and evacuate when you are told.

If you’d like more examples, click here to see NFPA information on wildfire preparedness.

For more information, contact the State Fire Marshal’s Office at (360) 596-3904.

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