The Washington Department of Natural Resources says a red flag warning has been issued for parts of central Washington, including Chelan and Wenatchee, due to high potential for wildfires.
A couple wildfires have already been reported east of the Cascades this spring. A fire near Malaga, outside of Wenatchee, burned an estimated 1,300 acres at the end of May. A 400-acre wildfire burned near Bridgeport at the beginning of June.
In Washington, 85 percent of fires are caused by humans, so the DNR also asks the public to know their role in preparing for a wildfire.
People living in or near the woods, those who burn debris, occasional campers, hunters, and hikers, and those who use fireworks should all work to prevent forest fires.
Wildfire prevention tips:
- Never walk away from a smoldering campfire. If it's too hot to touch, it's too hot to leave
- Only dispose of smoking materials in ashtrays so that they will not ignite
- Never park vehicles, including recreational vehicles, on dry vegetation. The exhaust system can get hot enough to start a fire
- Make your home more resistant to wildfire if you live in or near the woods. Use non-flammable materials on your roof and deck
- Beauty bark will smolder; use it away from the home
- Update landscape to put in firebreaks, such concrete or brick or gravel walkways, and water features, such as a pond.
Here are a few other tips for make your home less vulnerable to fire.