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Volunteer wildfire firefighters at a wildfire training course. Two people walk towards a fire burning. Most of the photo is smoke.

On Washington’s public lands, a rise in fires caused by people

BY: - August 16, 2023

Fires have more than doubled so far this year on state-managed public land in Washington compared to 2022, and people are mostly to blame for the blazes.  On Washington state lands, there have been 49 human-caused fires through Aug. 1, compared to 27 during that same time frame last year, according to the Department of […]

Extreme heat: What King County’s emergency preparedness planner wants you to know

BY: - August 15, 2023

Washington is dealing with some of the hottest temperatures of the year yet this week. The National Weather Service has issued an extreme heat warning for much of the Puget Sound area and is calling the week’s forecast “dangerously hot conditions.” Temperatures are in the high 90s across the state, with some areas passing 100 […]

FEMA disaster relief fund faces August shortfall as feds scramble to find cash

BY: - July 13, 2023

WASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster relief fund is on track to run out of money as soon as next month, though the agency’s administrator told Congress on Thursday that she’s working with the White House to find a solution. “Our current projections on the disaster relief fund is that we will go […]