Our conversation on wildfire is generating (some) action in Olympia.
Catastrophic wildfires are a harsh reality for us.
Even in Western Washington, conditions that increase the risk of blazes that harm our environment, our economy, and endanger lives now exist in federally managed forests. And we all know that in Eastern and Central Washington, wildfire is far from being an abstract threat.
Like all of us, you want change. The good news: there is positive action in the state capital in one area --- making it easier to use a combination of forest thinning and prescribed burns as an effective tool for wildfire prevention.
In the Washington State House, a bipartisan bill passed unanimously that would make common sense allowances for permitting the use of thinning and prescribed burns to reduce the risk and severity of wildfires.
State Rep. Joel Kretz (7th District, Wauconda), explained in plain language why House Bill 2928 is needed: