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Late spring brings longer days and warmer weather to our area. This year it has also brought more stretches of dry weather. After a soggy start to the year and record snowpack in the mountains, April was the second consecutive month with below-average rainfall in the Puget Sound region.
What does that mean? It means land is drying out faster that it usually does this time of year, making it easier for brush fires to begin. During the weeklong warm stretch in April, three brush fires impacted Western Washington, two in the Eastside Fire & Rescue service area.
With North Bend’s proximity to the Cascade Mountains and surrounding nature comes an increased risk for wildland fires. But by working together residents can make their property – as well as their neighborhoods – much safer from wildfires.
You can make a difference starting today. There are simple low-cost changes you can make around your home and your landscape to increase wildfire safety.
Wildfire Risk Reduction Tips:
More information can be found at https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Wildfire/Firewise-USA
Photo: Fire prevention defensible perimeters examples.