Officials Say Heart of Fire Season Is Over, Preparing for 2020
The recent cold front that brought snow wind and rain to the Pacific Northwest pretty much ended the fire season in Washington state, according to Janet Pierce with the State Department of Natural Resources. She says they're still watching a few dry spots around the state and could still see some fires but for the most part the season is over. State officials doused flames on two major fires in the state this year and numerous smaller fires. And they urge caution even this fall as the temperatures begin to change.
That wasn't what the state expected.
Pierce says they were predicting a hot, dry and busy fire season -- one for which they had prepared by stationing resources in areas like Yakima to make sure they could respond in a timely manner and gain control. Those resources included two helicopters and crews that have been stationed at the Yakima Air Terminal since the beginning of the summer. Pierce says the helicopters and crews will be sent to Olympia within the next two weeks, but she says they'll be back next year in preparation for another fire season.