It should be over. Fall is in the air and pumpkins are being harvested and piled up at stores waiting to be taken home to become a Halloween memory. But fire season is very much still an issue here in Washington State.
Wenatchee Complex Fire
Lightening strikes over the weekend ignited up to 100 fires all over eastern Washington and Steve was called up on Sunday night to respond to the Wenatchee Complex Fire aka Wenatchee Canyons Fire. Fires get the name “complex” when two or more fires are in an area and in this case, three which combine into one massive fire.
My husband is one of 44 firefighters from King County who were sent over on Sunday night to join the fight. He’s only been home a week or so since his last 16-day fire fight near Ellensburg at the Taylor Bridge Fire. This has definitely been the most he’s been away in one summer and for him, the longest he’s spent sleeping on the ground. At 53, that’s not easy after backbreaking work all day. I don’t know how (or why) he does it.
Be Prepared for Wildfire
The US Fire Administration and FEMA sites are great resources for wildland preparedness information. You’ll find information on what emergency supplies you should have on hand, how to maintain a lifesaving 30- to 100-foot safe zone around your home, how to prepare a disaster plan, and more.
Stay Informed During Washington Wildfires:
- Larger fires on InciWeb – http://www.inciweb.org/state/
- State Fire Mobilizations – http://www.wsp.wa.gov/
- Stay Connected on Twitter – @waDNR_fire
- Washington DNR on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/WashingtonDNR/273352136518