Fire risk set to ‘high’ as July 4 nears

  • Tuesday, June 26, 2018 12:29pm
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This spring was warmer and dryer than normal, and officials at Vashon Island Fire & Rescue continue to encourage islanders to be cautious with fire.

They also increased the fire danger on the island last week to high.

“We are ripe for a wildfire,” Assistant Chief Bob Larsen said, noting the dry conditions.

Even a small ember, with a breeze fanning it, could become a large problem.

“If it gets in the grass, we are off and running,” he added.

A county-wide burn ban is expected to be in place soon, as early as this week.

Many islanders and visitors are fans of camp and beach fires, sometimes even where they are not allowed. District officials note that fires should be out cold to the touch before people leave them. Those who burn should also have a water source and shovel to mix dirt and water until the fire is fully out.

Should anyone come across a questionable scene, such as a beach fire still smoldering, Larsen said they should not hesitate to call 911 for the department to check it out.

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