Washington DNR Makes Progress on Westside Wildfires

Other Fires Successfully Contained
Several other wildfires received attention over the weekend: 

The High Valley Lane fire near Tenino was successfully controlled at 9 acres on Sunday May 5.  A barn was threatened by this fire, but rapid response with a firefighting helicopter was effective at protecting all structures in the area.

The East15 Fire (6 acres), a fire near LaCenter (2 acres) and the W-2020 fire, between Mossyrock and Salkum, (1/4 acre) were all successfully controlled.  

Rapid attention and excellent cooperation from local fire district staff and volunteers has been vital in the rapid, effective response to these wildfires. 

Prevention Of Wildfires Is Important Now
It is critically important that all people who work or recreate in or near forestland be extremely careful with wildfire.  Grasses, twigs and shrubs are dry enough to burn and spread wildfires.  Extinguish all campfires, use only appropriately equipped recreational vehicles that are in good working order, and never burn debris when it’s windy.  Forest landowners depend on people to be careful with fire and to assist by calling 911 to report any wildfires or suspicious behavior they observe.

The cause of wildfires is normally investigated by the Department of Natural Resources. Causal information is very important to inform future fire prevention strategies.  Moreover, if criminal or negligent human behavior contributed to the cause of a specific fire, then legal enforcement actions are taken, including potentially seeking the recovery of fire suppression costs.

Stay Connected During Wildfire Season

DNR’s Wildfire Mission 
Administered by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, DNR is responsible for preventing and fighting wildfires on 12.9 million acres of private, state and tribal-owned forestlands. DNR is the state’s largest on-call fire department, with over 1,000 employees trained and available to be dispatched to fires as needed. During fire season, this includes over 700 DNR employees who have other permanent jobs with the agency and about 400 seasonal employees hired for firefighting duties. Additionally, Department of Corrections’ adult offenders and Department of Social and Health Services-Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration juvenile offenders participate in the DNR correctional camps program. DNR also participates in Washington’s coordinated interagency approach to firefighting.