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Prepping for fire season: How to keep your home safe

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Wildfire season has started early in Spokane. Wildfire season has started early in Spokane.
SPOKANE, Wash. - It's only June and already 146 wildfires have been reported by Washington's Department of Natural Resources, and 770 acres of land have already been burned. Thankfully, no homes have been damaged at this point. We talked with Guy Gifford of the DNR about steps you can take to make your home safer and prevent wildfires.

“If I lit a match down on a cedar tree, the whole tree would go instantly, but with a Ponderosa pine, the fire has a challenge of climbing,” Gifford says.

Wildfire season has started about two weeks early, prompting an early burn ban for Eastern Washington. Gifford says safety is important because firefighters can't be everywhere at once.“Literally a pile pine needles can start your house on fire if no one is there to put it out. Firefighters are there to put out the flames and there just aren't enough to protect every home."

In 2015, most fires have started in Spokane County, in the heart of the population, making firefighters a big concerned.

"The key thing that I tell people is that everything will burn. We just want it to readily burn," Gifford says. One way to to keep things from readily burning is to keep your plants and trees green and healthy.

Gifford says you can also contact the DNR directly with questions and concerns. 

"We have people that would love to come out and talk about fire safety." 

For more information about the DNR and fire prevention, click here: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/RecreationEducation/FirePreventionAssistance/Pages/Home.aspx

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