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Be A Mountain Steward For Fire Season

Protect Our Natural Resources

June 10, 2019

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Guys named Smokey have to hang together.  My pal and namesake Smokey Bear asked me to spread the word about the impending fire hazard and how you can help.

March was one of the driest on record.  The measured rain at Sea-Tac was 63% BELOW normal.  April rains produced rains 30% above average, which translates to just one extra inch.  When May arrived, the chatter about the lack of precip had quieted down.  At month’s end, measured May rains totaled less than one-third of an inch.  

The 243 Command Fire last week in Grant County underscores the growing threat of wildfires in Washington this season.  First reports estimated the size of the blaze to be 5000 acres.  The fire quickly grew to 18000 acres before being contained.   Thanks to the brave women and men who were able to get it under control. 

The US Forest Service is preparing for a long, hot summer.  Protecting our forests requires diligence from all of us, and stewardship from those of us who have the time and are interested in volunteering as a Mountain Steward in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.    Click here for volunteer information:

Smokey Bear needs you.

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