Summer wildland fire threats Fire District 13 focus


SMOKE FILLED CHANNEL - The smoke last year in socked La Conner in. This was taken in September but lets hope our early dry season doesn't make this repeat earlier this year. - Photo by Ken Stern

Hot, dry conditions forecast through the summer is a troubling omen, Skagit County Fire District 13 Chief Wood Weiss cautioned last Friday.

“It looks like it will be a busy year for wildland fires,” Weiss told fire district commissioners during their July 9 monthly meeting, a hybrid in-person session also accessible remotely via the Zoom teleconferencing platform.

Weiss noted that district firefighters snuffed a small wildland fire over the holiday weekend that may have been fireworks related.

“It was climbing into the woods,” Weiss said, “but we shut it down and then (the stat...

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