Thursday, July 17, 2014

State of emergency declared in 20 Washington counties due to wildfires

The Seattle Times today reported a wildfire is burning more than 1,000 acres near Leavenworth and Chelan County, which has led to a 35-mile closure of Highway 2 and created a large plume of smoke visible from downtown Seattle on Wednesday. Check road closures and traffic information at the Washington State Department of Transportation website. There is a statewide burn ban on Department of Natural Resources (DNR) land until Sept. 30.

According to DNR, Western Washington is at moderate risk of wildfire and most of Eastern Washington is at high risk. Here are some tips for preparing for wildfire risk: