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DNR: Fire season two weeks ahead of schedule in Eastern Washington

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Smoke from a brush fire burning off Four Mounds Tuesday Smoke from a brush fire burning off Four Mounds Tuesday
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Fire season is here and it’s coming two weeks earlier than expected, according to WA Department of Natural Resources.

Just Tuesday, there were two brush fires within hours of one another.

And it’s not something Gary West expects to see this time of year, but it’s not all that surprising to him.

“You can see that undergrowth and the grasses are very lush and they're starting to dry out very quickly,” he says.

DNR says a warmer April caused the snow to melt faster earlier, so our above-normal snow pack is now below normal, and some plants are drying out already. So, DNR says it’s time to prepare.

“Being prepared for wildfire gets people prepared for any disaster that we may encounter in this area,” says Guy Gifford with DNR.

It's something West does.

“We're very conscious about what we do here and how we handle fire,” he says. “Pick up and clean up

He clears all the brush away from his home, pick up dead branches and makes sure they’re far from the ground. It’s all to create at least 300 feet of defensible space.

“We try to keep everything down here you see. We don't let it accumulate, keep things away from the house,” he says.

He says it's never too early to start preparing

“Then you can enjoy your summer without having to worry so much about ‘Oh my gosh look at all this stuff under the trees,’” West says.

For more information on

Fire outlook: http://www.predictiveservices.nifc.gov/outlooks/outlooks.htm

How to prepare your home: http://www.firewise.org/?sso=0

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