Forests vulnerable

— With Washington’s forests still experiencing the effects of last year’s drought, Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark is urging residents to use additional caution to prevent wildland fires.

Following the 2015 drought year and an exceptionally warm spring this year, grasslands and forests across the state are vulnerable to fires.

In 2015, wildfire burned more than a million acres in Washington. Already this year, Department of Natural Resources has responded to more than 100 wildland fires.

Safety tips for preventing wildfires are available at


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