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Wildfire Season Is Here, What To Expect

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SPOKANE, Wash. - The Department of Natural Resources is expecting an above normal wildfire season this year. DNR officials say a normal season is still a bad fire season and that this summer they expect it to be even worse. A normal wildfire season usually consist of more than 130 wildfires in Spokane County alone with one or two large homes threatened.

Saturday, Fire District 8 held an event to educate families on fire safety. DNR says 9 out of 10 wildfires are caused by people, so educating the public is extremely important.

Guy Gifford, the Fire Prevention Forester from DNR, says most wildfires start because people do not pay attention to their surroundings.

"People burning during burn bans, not putting a fire ring around their fire, and burning when it's windy," Gifford explained. "Most of these fires can be prevented if people stop to look around to see what's going on outside."

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