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Wet weather now fuels intenser wildfires later

Wet weather is typically a good thing in regards to the wildfire season, but because the region has experienced some of the wettest weather on record, fires this season could be more intense.

Wildfire season officially begins April 15th in Washington though thirteen forest fires have already been reported on Department of Natural Resources protected lands in the past week. The season lasts until October 15th as defined by state law.

DNR Arcadia district manager, Andrew Stenbeck, is predicting a normal fire season with high fire danger starting in July. The season’s length will continue as normal as well. The effect of a very wet spring just means there will be more vegetative growth fueling intense fires.

Stenbeck described fire intensity as burning dry grass in a metal barrel quickly versus wood logs burning slower and hotter.

“It’s still a little early to know what the fire season could do,” Stenbeck said. “How fire season shapes up in a location depends on various factors, but it’s looking like an average fire season.”

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