Governor Inslee recently sent out a press release stating he was expanding the drought emergency for nearly half of the State of Washington, including our region. The release stated the projected water supply conditions are below 75% of average. The last drought emergency was in 2015.
The following 24 watersheds are now added to the emergency drought declaration:
Chelan, Colville, Cowlitz, Deschutes, Elwha-Dungeness, Entiat, Grays-Elochoman, Kennedy-Goldsborough, Kettle, Lower Chehalis, Lower Skagit-Samish, Lower Yakima, Lyre-Hoko, Naches, Nooksack, Queets-Quinault, Quilcene-Snow, Skokomish-Dosewallips, Soleduc, Stillaguamish, Upper Chehalis, Upper Skagit, Wenatchee, and Willapa.
The National Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook report gives a report of what to expect May through September, including weather and climate outlook.
Is your home prepared for Wildfires?
- What are some of the primary threats to a home during a wildfire? The National Fire Protection Association website talks about “How to Prepare Your Home for Wildfires.” They discuss what some of the primary threats to a home are and provide a Home Ignition Zone Checklist. The Ignition Zone is broken into three zones – Immediate, Intermediate, and Extended and provide tips for each area.
- The National Interagency Fire Center website provides a list of the most common reasons and way to protect a home during the summer fire season.
- Make sure you are prepared with adequate Fire Insurance coverage. The Insurance Information Institute provides some advice on insurance for wildfires. If you are unsure about your coverage, give us a call for a review of your policy.
- The National Fire Protection Association has a toolkit on Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. You can use this toolkit to set up a neighborhood watch.
- Be Informed. – The Ready, Set, Go Program helps residents share information, be prepared, work with local fire departments. Browse through the website and find out more with their tools and tips on being prepared.
As they state in the Ready, Set, Go program:
- Ready – Preparing for the Fire Threat
- Set – Situation Awareness When a Fire Starts
- Go! – Act Early
- Create your family disaster plan. Practice it with your family and keep it accessible so all family members can see it.
Be responsible in preventing forest fires or any fire for that matter. Smokey Bear helps us with great tips and advice.
Make sure you are probably insured.