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Summer Heat Brings on Wildfire Attention

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- With the temperatures creeping higher and higher, Yakima prepares for its wild-fire season.

Firefighters say fire danger is high, because of all the brush that has dried out from the summer heat.

The rain that fell in Yakima earlier this month does not mean we are safe from a fire starting.

"A lot of people think that since we've had a lot of rain in the month of June, fire season is low.  It's only gonna take a few days of these really hot temperatures to dry out those light fuels," Mitch Cole, Battalion Chief in Yakima, said.

Unexpected weather does not help with preventing wildfires either, lightning and high winds can spark a blaze at any moment.

But it if a wildfire sparks up near you, help is always available.  Call 911 if there is a fire near you. 

If you want more information about how to be prepared for a wildfire, go to www.nfpa.org

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