According to Washington State’s Department of Natural Resources, four active wildfires are burning across the state’s southeast region. Temperatures reaching 100 degrees or more are forecast for the area over the next few days, and combined with the dry conditions the state is currently experiencing, the risk for continued wildfire activity remains high.
The Mills Canyon Fire, about two miles west of Entiat, according to news reports, has grown to nearly 28 square miles and is threatening about 200 homes there. Area residents have been told to evacuate immediately while another 120 or so residents are on alert.
Eastern Washington has been under a burn ban since July 1. On July 8, the DNR issued a warning that the fire danger rating has increased from "moderate" to "high," and has put restrictions in place for those working in the woods.
Yesterday also marked the 13-year anniversary of the Thirty Mile Fire in which four firefighters died while fighting the blaze in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
Find out more about how you can play a role in wildfire preparedness and the steps you can take to reduce your risk of wildfire damage by visiting NFPA's wildland fire web pages. You can also check out our "success stories" page that provides great stories and testimonials from residents just like you in Washington State and in other states around the country who have worked together on wildfire mitigation projects and in the process became recognized Firewise communities, Incidentally, Forest Ridge, located about ten miles southwest of Wenatchee, WA, was one of the winners of the 2013 Firewise Challenge. Read their winning story!
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