Early Wild Fires in Western Washington
While it is unusual for Western Washington to experience wildland fires so early in the season, the Hotshot Fire (near Oso) and Proctor Creek Fire (near Gold Bar) serve as reminders that there is no “schedule” for emergencies or disasters. During these fires, Snohomish County agencies including the Sheriff’s Office, Department of Emergency Management (DEM), and Parks Department provided support to the firefighting efforts and affected residents. With the fire season just beginning, our DEM also wants you to know that there are resources available to help you reduce the wildfire risk to your property.
One program, Firewise, provides steps property owners can take to create a defensible space around their home, install fire resistant landscaping, and prepare for wildfire season. Another program, Fire Adapted Communities, emphasizes community partnerships and fire adapted ecology.
Being informed is a critical component of preparedness. You can learn more about wildfires and the other natural hazards in Volume 1 of our Hazard Mitigation Plan. Volume 2 of this plan contains actions the participating jurisdictions are proposing to reduce the effects of disasters on their respective communities.
Finally, the majority of wildland fires are caused by humans. With the return of sunny and warm weather, it is a great time to get outside and enjoy the beauty of Snohomish County. Please check with the Fire Marshal's Office for the status of any burn bans. Always remember to be vigilant when burning outside. Please ensure your campfires are completely extinguished and dispose of cigarettes properly.