SEATTLE (AP) -- Unlike the nation's inter mountain west, wildfire season in Washington state is forecast to get a late start and be relatively mild.
But officials say that doesn't mean the state is not in danger of destructive blazes.
This year is shaping up to look like 2011, which saw wet conditions hold into spring and early summer, but also a spike in fires by late August, when the state had dried up.
The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center says in 2011 919 fires burnt in Washington. Of those, 821 were caused by people while 98 were caused by lighting. Nearly 20,000 acres were affected, which had been one of the lowest total numbers of acres burnt in a decade.
Despite that, a 3,000-plus acre fire near Goldendale burnt 24 homes and 80 out buildings last September.