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  • Wildfire preparedness for home landscapes

    Marlene Finley|Aug 16, 2023

    The wildfires in Hawaii make it clear few locales are immune from the devastating effects caused by wildfire. Despite Western Washington’s wet reputation, we also are not immune to wildfires, especially during drier years. Here in Skagit County, we also are facing severe drought. A recent climate impact study developed by the University of Washington’s Climate Impacts Group reported that the temperature in Washington has increased 1.5 degrees F in the last 20 years. Firewise landscaping is an array of practices promoted by the National Fir...