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Wildfire Season Begins April 15th in Washington State

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Rain or shine, wildfire season officially begins April 15th in Washington State. 

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wants to remind people that the risk of wildfires can change rapidly during the spring when warmer, dryer weather occurs with increasing frequency. 

As of April 8, seventeen forest fires have already been reported this year on lands protected by DNR. Last year, a total of 794 fires burned approximately 68,347 acres.

In 2012, 94 percent of the wildfires that burned on DNR-protected lands were contained to less than 10 acres in size. Overall, 79 percent of the wildfires on DNR-protected lands in 2012 were human-caused.

The DNR wants to remind people to take appropriate action to prevent wildfires and protect property before the vegetation dries out and fire risk increases.