School is out this week which means summer fun like backyard bbq’s, bonfires and fireworks.
Do you recall the wildfires in Washington and California last year which destroyed entire communities? The economic impact of wildfires has reached $100 billion in some years.
The risk of fire rises significantly in the summer due to several factors. First, trees, brush and grass is more dry and therefore more susceptible to catching fire. Secondly, more people are out camping or even at home enjoying campfires which can spark wildfires. And, of course, fireworks.
According to the U.S Department of Interior, As many as 90 percent of wildland fires in the United States are caused by people, according to the U.S. Department of Interior. Some human-caused fires result from campfires left unattended, the burning of debris, downed power lines, negligently discarded cigarettes and intentional acts of arson. The remaining 10 percent are started by lightning or lava.
In the United States in 2018 there were 58,000 wildfires which burned a combined 8.8 million acres.
The conditions in our state of Washington are of concern again this year, Department of Natural Resources Meteorologist Josh Clake spoke with MyNorthwest.com, “If you were to zoom this out and look at the entire Western US you would see Washington as the bullseye for drought concerns across the entire Western United States,” said DNR Meteorologist Josh Clark, looking at a drought map of Washington state. “So we are under the gun for these hot any dry conditions, we are under the gun for these critical fuel conditions. As we get closer and closer to July and the start of our normal fire season, that’s something to be aware of; be aware of the potential danger in regards of fire.”
To protect family and neighbors, we should all be aware of best practices when it comes to preventing fires and stopping or mitigating their growth.
If you live in a wildfire-prone area, the following are some risk management tips for you to mitigate the risk of suffering a wildfire loss.
For more tips you can visit the Bellevue, WA fire department website. http://www.bellevuefirerescue.com/content/prevention/
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