Washington shatters records in midst of ‘early, alarming’ start to wildfire season

A plane flying over an Eastern Washington wildfire. (NW Interagency Coordinator, Twitter)

Washington Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz visited with tribal leadership and firefighting crews battling the two-square-mile Sherwood fire in Wellpinit on Thursday, addressing a troubling early start to the state’s wildfire season.

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While Washington typically sees numerous fires during the dryer, hotter parts of the summer months, Franz warned that “this year is quite notably different,” thanks to record-breaking temperatures and an “unprecedented” drought for nearly the entire state. The end result has been what she described as “an

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