The 2016 wildfire season seems to have started earlier than normal. Last week firefighters fought two wildfires near Oso and Gold Bar. Both were larger than expected for this time of year burning around 300 acres total.
Fire officials have pointed out that while we have had a wet winter with rain and snowfall near normal levels, we also have had warmer than normal temperatures causing an early growth of grasses, trees and brush. That will provide more dry fuels in a few months when we have our normal dry weather.
Two common causes of wildfires are burning yard waste and failing to put out campfires adequately.
Homeowners in who live in or on the edge of the forest should take precautions to protect their property and make it more defensible for firefighters. Be sure to clear brush, leaves and branches from around buildings. Prune tree branches so that they are not near the ground. And store firewood at least 100 feet from any buildings.
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