Gov. Inslee to Visit Wildfire Areas in Eastern Washington
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Jay Inslee is heading to eastern Washington to see the response to massive wildfires first hand.
Inslee was flying to Wenatchee Friday afternoon before meeting with officials at the Chiwaukum incident command post. He was then to head to a Red Cross shelter in Chelan to meet with people who have been evacuated. Joining Inslee are Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste, Major General Bret Daugherty, and State Emergency Management Director Robert Ezelle.
At a press conference at his office earlier, Inslee said multiple agencies are involved in the battle against multiple fires, and that there are currently about 2,000 firefighters on the ground in eastern Washington, along with a dozen helicopters.
He said that the state is rapidly training about 1,000 additional National Guard troops, and that potentially, active duty military could be called in to help as well.
Inslee spokesman David Postman said that more than 202,000 acres have burned so far.