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TERI replied a month ago

What will be the most useful this summer?

In the World newsroom we're gearing up for another wildfire season in the Wenatchee Valley. It's always a case of hope for the best but plan for the worst. 

What kind of wildfire information or resources would you find most useful? Help us shape our coverage!

TERI liked a month ago

Beware of another bad fire season...

Art Douglas, a professor at Creighton University known as "The Weatherman," is predicting dry spring weather leading to an above-normal wildfire season. How do you prepare for fire season? 



Madeline updated 4 months ago

An above-average season or the usual conditions? Three predictions for the NCW wildfire season

(Originally posted on June 25, 2020)

This article also appeared in the Wenatchee World. View it here.

WENATCHEE—It’s been a fairly mild, wet spring and early summer, but full-season fire forecasts expect upcoming dry, warm summer weather could aggravate wildfires.

“Summers have been getting hotter and they have been getting dryer over time. All of that helps to increase the risk,” said Jonathan Fox, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Spokane. “Based on those long-range climate trends that we've been seeing, that would tend to give a little bit more gravity to the forecast.”

A robust fire season is correlated with hot weather and an availability of “starters,” according to Fox. Starts include lightning from dry storms, dry vegetation like sage brush and cheatgrass and human interference from burnings.

“You want the real hot weather and you want just a few dry thunderstorms to get a really big fire season,” Fox said.

The current fire season has been “typical” for north-central Washington, according to Chelan County Fire Marshal Bob Plumb. The Wenatchee Valley has seen a handful of small fires this season already, including a 100-acre brush fire in No. 2 Canyon.

World photo/Don Seabrook

“We're trying to stay ahead of it,” Plumb said. “Nothing's really gotten super big. I'd rather not have a smoky season.”

The Chelan County burn ban is currently at a moderate hazard level, but that could change in the coming weeks, according to Plumb. Outdoor burning is prohibited in Chelan and Douglas counties... (More)

TERI replied a month ago

Wildfire season is coming — How do you prepare?

(Originally posted on April 20, 2020)

As spring turns into summer, most of us begin to mentally prepare for wildfire season. "How strong was the winter's snowpack? What do the season's fire forecasts look like?" In a normal year, I'd also begin stocking up on masks this time of year. 

What's your checklist for getting ready for a summer of potenital fires in North Central Washington?