Last year was a big challenge for wildland firefighters in Yakima and Washington State. The 2022 fire season is around the corner and authorities are hoping you're prepared if you live in a fire prone area. The fire season usually starts in late June and early July in Washington State.

Predictions so far say the west is dry and ready for fire

The National Interagency Fire Center recently released a report called the "National Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook." It says for the period April through July "Most of the West, Plains, and Texas remain in drought Temperatures were mostly above normal on the West and East Coasts, with below normal precipitation across much of the West, northern and central Plains, Texas, and central Appalachians. Most basins in the West are reporting below average snowpack." That's not good news for those concerned about the upcoming wildfire season.

Live in a fire prone area? Sign up for AlertYakima today!

Officials with Yakima County Emergency Management urge everyone to get signed up for what's called AlertYakima. AlertYakima is the mass notification system that all public safety organizations use in Yakima County to notify residents about critical incidents. The system is used to notify you about evacuations, severe weather warnings, assistance locating lost or missing children. You can sign up now at

Firefighters were busy in the state in 2021

The Washington Forest Protection Association says during the 2021 the Washington wildfire season a "total 674,249 acres burned. 88% of Washington wildfires were human-caused. 12% (232 total) of Washington wildfires were lightning-caused. 44 Washington fires met the large fire criteria- described as fires larger than 1,000 acres in the western United States."

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