KENNEWICK, Wash.-- There have been more wildfires, but fewer acres have burned so far this season. That's according to new information released Tuesday from the Department of Natural Resources.
The DNR says so far there have been 698 wildfires, compared to an average of 464 at this point in the season. About half as many acres have burned as normal. About 3,600 acres, compared to an average of 6,300.
DNR staff credit weather conditions, such as lower winds for the decrease. They also credit more preparation. Aaron Toso, Director of Communications & Outreach for the DNR, says, "We've been very strong with out initial attack and we stayed on top of the smaller fires. Our folks are training for the fire season year round and we're getting ready for the next year's fire season as soon as this year's ends."
Toso says we're just now entering the peak of the season and a hot, dry spell for all of the state. He urges everyone to be careful and check burn restrictions.