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DNR Urges Extra Caution This Summer To Prevent Wildfires

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As the weather heats up, the threat of wildfires continues to grow and the Department of Natural Resources wants you to keep some things in mind so you don't cause the next fire. As the weather heats up, the threat of wildfires continues to grow and the Department of Natural Resources wants you to keep some things in mind so you don't cause the next fire.
YAKIMA, WA - As the weather heats up, the threat of wildfires continues to grow and the Department of Natural Resources wants you to keep some things in mind so you don't cause the next fire. 

People need to take extra caution because 85% of all wildfires are caused by people. And that's a statistic you do not want to be apart of. 

Just last week up to 10,000 acres burned in Selah after a spark from a shooting range started the fire. Now shooting is banned on the Wenas Wildlife Area until October.

So no matter what you do this summer, the Department of Natural Resources wants you to use extra caution. Especially when starting and putting out fires, to make sure everyone stays safe all summer long. 

"Every fire jeopardizes, not only our firefighters safety, but you as the general public's safety," Debbie Robinson of DNR said. "We want to save those forests, we want them to be there for our future generations."

Officials say if your putting out a fire, make sure to smother it in water, stir it, then smother it again. After that put your hand near the embers, if it's too hot to touch, put more water on it because a strong wind could pass through and ignite the fire after you leave. 


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