Tree Frog Forestry News

Prepare now for the summer’s likely wildfires

Guest Editorial by The Seattle Times
The Daily News
May 21, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Add a dire wildfire forecast to the long list of harrowing news 2020 has brought. The National Interagency Fire Center predicts an above-normal fire potential for all of Eastern Washington by August, and COVID-19 has sapped the available help to combat the flames. The Washington Department of Natural Resources expects that about 20% of a normal year’s firefighting force will be unavailable … The season has gotten off to an early start. Already, DNR reports 263 wildfires … which is 160 more than during an average year. Burn piles set off 140 of this year’s fires… This year’s fire season calls for extra caution because many of the National Guard troops and emergency responders who would ordinarily join professional firefighters for seasonal support are instead essential to tamp down coronavirus in communities across America. And those who are available will have to change their fire-zone strategies drastically to maintain social distancing.

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