With Washington State experiencing significant record heat over the past week, this has created the opportunity for a devastating fire. Combine with record drought and wind conditions, it’s important to remember that other things besides a direct flame can cause wildfires. Other culprits include:
- Improperly discarded cigarette butts
- Sparks from outdoor tools and power equipment
- Shorts from electrical cords
- Sparks from lawnmower blade hitting rocks or other debris
- Parking hot cars on dry tall dry grass
- Dragging chains from vehicles and trailers
- ATVs and dirt bikes without spark inhibitors
- And most notably, fireworks
Infographic courtesy Washington State Department of Natural Resources – Wildfire Division
Just like back in April, new fires are starting in difficult terrain in King County. Recently, KOMO News reported about a first in the Cedar Hills area of Renton/Maple Valley. Fire crews battle a 30-acre brush fire near Cedar Hills and Maple Hills in a wooded, unincorporated area between Renton and Maple Valley. Firefighters remained on site to finish containment of the fire and ensure homes in the vicinity were safe. (and more updates)
If you would like to know how to protect your home and family from a wildfire event, take a look at:
And then there’s the smoke. Even if our homes and communities are protected from actual fire, smoke can arrive from as far away as California and Canada. Be prepared to protect yourself from this health hazard with information from King County Environmental Health Services, Public Health–Seattle & King County.
If you would like a Home Safety Evaluation from KCD’s Wildfire and Forest Resiliency Coordinator Matthew Axe, submit a
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It’s never too late to start preparing for wildfire season.
Matt served 10 years in the U.S. Army before returning to school at Green River College where he acquired on the ground skills and experience in forestry completing applied associate degrees in Wildfire, Forestry, Parks, and Recreation Management and a bachelor’s degree in forest management. Matt is passionate about protecting our forests, helping the diverse communities that live in Wildland Urban Interface zones, and empowering private landowners to take actions that make their communities and homes more wildfire resilient.