We are not even into April, but we’ve had 50 brush fires across Washington just this week. Firefighters usually start getting busy fighting brush fires and wildfires starting in June, so the fact that we’ve seen so many fires so far is significant.

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We’ve already had 50 brush fires in Washington, and it’s not even April. Picture: Yale.edu

Western Washington was showing off on Thursday. It’s beautiful and sunny out. Pleasant as it is, the unseasonably warm conditions are drying out our vegetation very quickly.

Unusual and strange

It’s very unusual for our region to see that many wildfires,” Q13 News Meteorologist Tim Joyce said.

Joyce says all the snow in February was still not enough to build a solid snowpack.Even though we saw a ton of snow we didn’t see a huge wet winter. The winter was pretty dry in December and abnormally dry in January,” Joyce said.

Out of the 50 brush fires, 49 of them have been West of the Cascades. “For us, incredibly strange,” Joyce said.

For example, just this week alone, a brush fire in Spanaway burned one building and threatened several more. In Eatonville, firefighters had to contain a 45-acre brush fire.

Then on Wednesday, a fire displaced more than a dozen people at a White Center apartment complex. “It was like a really loud explosion you heard a big boom and after you heard that my whole living room shook a little,” White Center resident Charles Batts said.

Investigators say a homeless person started the brush fire, which quickly spread to the apartment because of dry conditions.

This will be a bad year

I am predicting right now that this year will be worse than last year,” Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz said.

Franz says last year was the worst with more than 1,800 brush fires in this state; 40 percent of those were in western Washington.

This is no longer an Eastern Washington issue. This is all Washington state issue,” Franz said.

Be prepared and protect your homes!

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    DJ

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    Christian Gains

    Back about 10 to 15 yrs. ago, Books came out with WARNING MESSAGES that brush fires, all along the Western Corridor would get set by agents of chaos AKA: “The Cartels”, to create serious problems and make Cartel smuggling in the through the Southern zone of California more easily accessible…AND! Creating a distraction from the NORTH for “Fire Fighters” that are USUALLY in the South, {L.A. region}, & would note the strange anomaly….Commissioner Franz & Tim Joyce, BOTH are stating that these fires are going to be STATE WIDE…Hmmmmmmm?….btw…One Book suggested that the fires would be set by “Bums” or “Homeless folks”….MIGHT be worthwhile to take to heart the FACT that there ARE CRIMINALS trying to distract Authorities from the Southern border area!!! JUST SAYIN!

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