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Public Information Statement

Statement as of 3:30 PM PDT on June 26, 2016


... Wildfire season is just around the corner...

Summer-like weather arrived over the weekend and all indications
are that it will continue into at least the coming Fourth of July
Holiday weekend and beyond. With warmer and drier conditions, all
fine fuels like grasses and shrubs will dry out and larger fuels
like branches and trees will do so in July - wildfire season will
be upon US soon.

NWS Seattle will partner with representatives from the U.S. Forest
service, Washington dept of natural resources and Pierce County fire
to conduct a fire weather media tour on Thursday, June 30th. The
tour team plans to visit all Seattle TV and radio news stations,
plus the Seattle times and associated press Seattle. The group will
discuss the latest Independence day weekend forecast, the Summer and
wildfire outlooks across the state, plus fireworks safety, urban and
rural wildfire mitigation, and safety with campfires and other
outdoor burning recommendations.

The latest NWS climate prediction center outlook for this Summer
offers increased odds on a warmer than 30-year average Summer, and
tips the odds to below normal precipitation. Our Summers are usually
warm and dry, and it appears this Summer will follow suit.

Our moist winter also helped generate a healthy crop of grasses and
shrubs too. July into September is our driest time of the year. With
the warm dry weather, grasses and scrubs cure, meaning these fine
fuels are ready to accept fire. We have already experienced a number
of roadside fires recently.

As smokey bear says, you can help prevent wildfires. After two back-
to-back record wildfire years in the state, the outlook for this
season is for a lighter wildfire season than 2014 and 2015 - not
light, lighter. That is good news, yet we all can make efforts to
help prevent wildfires whether in an urban or rural area. Here are
some steps you can take to prevent wildfires and help keep your
community safe.

- Be careful with fireworks and fire outside such as open burning,
campfires or barbecues.

- Use your vehicle's ashtray to extinguish cigarettes instead of
tossing them out the window. (Also avoid a healthy fine if caught!)

- Avoid taking your vehicle into tall grass since your hot exhaust
can ignite the grass.

- If you live in a wooded area whether it is in a city or rural
setting, be fires and remove dead yard materials from within 30
feet of your home, trim tree limbs up off the ground to above your
head, and remove wood piles next to the house.

Visit www.Firewise.Org for more tips to help your home not become a
wildfire victim. Enjoy the Summer weather and be safe!


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