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Spokane Fire Department: Wildfire season is here and could be worse than last year

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Last year's devastating Carlton Complex Fire Last year's devastating Carlton Complex Fire
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer says we're not approaching fire season; we're already in it. He says the predictions for this year's season are "bad if not worse than last year's."

"It has the potential to be an incredibly devastating and stressful wildfire season for Eastern Washington, and more specifically Spokane County," Schaeffer explained. 

The 2014 wildfire season was the worst Washington has ever known. The Carlton Complex Fire alone burned more than 300 homes and ripped through entire towns. Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency over those fires and activated the Washington National Guard to help fight the flames.

Now, The Spokane Fire Department is preparing for the worst. Lack of moisture, new growth, and erratic wind behavior mean that this season looks grim for Eastern Washington. Schaeffer and the rest of he fire department say they hope the community will practice safe burning, set up defensible space around their homes, and do their part to get ready for when this season brings the heat.

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