Wildfire season arrives in Grant County


by KREM.com


Posted on May 18, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 18 at 6:13 PM

MOSES LAKE, Wash. -- Wildfire season has already arrived in Grant County, despite recent wet weather.

Grant County fire officials warn homeowners not to be fooled by the recent rain.

Firefighters have already battled local wildfires this year and warn they are still a hazard.

According to firefighters, making sure a home’s yard is easily accessible is crucial.

Firefighters are constantly warning homeowners to have at least a 30-foot-wide area of defensible space surrounding their home.

Officials also caution people to keep the area around their house clear of personal items like lawn furniture, barbeque grills and wood piles.

Conditions were nice and dry on the 4th of July last year when a wildfire fanned by 45 mph winds ripped through a valley in Northeast Grant County. 

Flames chewed up 1,400 acres, destroying one home and damaging several other buildings.

That home had large rocks and garbage piled up in the yard, making access for firefighters difficult.