Fire risk in Washington increased this week

Source: The Wenatchee World

NCW — The risk of wildfire is going up this week with a forecast of hot and windy weather.

State agencies want people to be careful while using campfires or barbecues, according to a state Department of Natural Resources news release. Temperatures could hit 100 degrees in Eastern Washington by Wednesday with increased winds.

The amount of rain the area received last week means the grasses will have grown longer, providing more fuel for fires.

People are asked to only build campfires in authorized areas and put them out completely afterward.

Off-roaders are asked to have properly functioning catalytic converters or approved spark-arrestors. People should dispose of smoking materials properly and remember that fireworks or incendiary ammunition is illegal on public lands.