In the past ten years, wildfires throughout Washington State have grown stronger and more destructive. The number of acres burned each year in the state clearly illustrates this worrying trend: In the 1990s, an average of 86,000 acres were burned annually. In the 2000s, it increased to 189,000 acres annually on average. In the past five years, the average burned area has exceeded 488,000 acres each year.
Then there is 2020. In just 72 hours during the Labor Day weekend last year, more than 600,000 acres of land were burned. By the end of the 2020 fire season, more than 1,600 wildfires have burned more than 800,000 acres of land, destroyed 298 houses, and generated tens of millions of dollars in firefighting costs.
By 2022, the danger of another devastating fire season remains high. This spring, warmer weather, drought conditions, and strong winds made Washington vulnerable to rapidly spreading wildfires, which have caused more than 500 fires to date—a historic rate of 53% higher than last year and a five-year average for the same period this year. The level is 89% higher.
This may be another long and difficult fire season. Now, more than ever, the public needs to be vigilant and take fire prevention measures.
In this documentary produced by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), you will hear inspiring stories about people experiencing and overcoming some of the most destructive factors of wildfires: personal injuries, traumas, and houses disappearing in the fire.
You will hear the voices of firefighters, evacuated residents, tribal leaders, forest health scientists, and small woodland owners who are taking steps to protect their property and other parts of Changqing State.
In order to achieve resilience in the face of these threats, Recent legislation Funds have been provided to expand the state’s wildfire fighting force and forest health restoration efforts. However, without the help of the public, these plans cannot protect the state’s forests or communities. 90% of wildfires come from artificial ignition-from campfires, cars, cigarette butts, etc. Limiting these ignitions is one of the best ways to actively manage the risk of wildfires.
Renters, homeowners and small woodland owners in dangerous areas can also receive assistance to better prepare their property to prevent and prevent the spread of wildfires.Program like this Neighbors ready for wildfireA collaborative effort between DNR, local wildfire experts, fire departments, and community organizations to promote community-wide efforts can help.Other procedures include DNR landowner assistance and cost sharing, This Fire adaptation community learning network, with American Fire Wisdom.
“If this becomes a new reality, we need to have sufficient resources,” said Bryan Jeter, the police chief of Bonnie Lake, who was evacuated last year due to the threat of a Sumner-class fire. . “Instead of rebuilding our communities every year, we need to be prepared to ensure that we are saving these communities.”
The Department of Natural Resources is led by the Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz (Hilary Franz), Washington State’s wildfire firefighting force, responsible for preventing and extinguishing wildfires on 13 million acres of private, state and tribal-owned land. The men and women of DNR are committed to ensuring that Washington’s land, waters, and communities are protected—both today and for future generations.