April 11, 2013 | Vol. 116 -- No. 51

Washington's wildfire season officially begins April 15

Prevention measures to protect life and property are in effect through Oct. 15 on 12.9 million acres of Department of Natural Resources-protected lands

OLYMPIA – Regardless of the wet, rainy spring, wildfire season officially begins April 15, as specified by state law.

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The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reminding people that the risk of wildfires can change rapidly during the spring when warmer, dryer weather occurs with increasing frequency. Wildfires can damage natural resources, destroy homes, and threaten the safety of the public and the firefighters who protect forests and communities.

As of April 8, 17 forest fires have already been reported this year on lands protected by DNR. During last year, a total...

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