After reading an article regarding wildfires across Washington State, the issue of seasonal natural disasters has come to significant attention.
The “Sleepy Hollow Fire” in Wenatchee is called a “war zone” by residents, and it has already burned 24 residential houses, 4 businesses, and has expanded to 3,000 acres. Luckily, there have been no serious injuries– the police have evacuated homes in danger of burning. This fire has demolished family tradition and history, as well as home net worth– some houses were valued up to $1.5 million. As for the business fires, one building leaked ammonia during its burning, which poses more safety concerns for the local Wenatchee residents.
A large antagonist to the current Washington wildfires is wind. With winds reaching up to 20 mph in Wenatchee, fires spread quickly and with ease. Already, more than 150 residents are either without a home, or are sent to sleep in communal areas for their own safety. The local firefighters (70% volunteers) are reported to be quite exhausted, and with temperatures approaching 90 degrees in the next couple days, the Wenatchee fire has an even greater potential to spread.
According to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, there are currently 80 major fires burning in the West.
The Paradise Fire, located in Olympic National Park and caused by lightning, has already burned 1,000 acres of natural forest.
The Saddle Lake Fire, close to Wenatchee, has already burned 3,000 acres.
The Les Blair Fire, near Kennewick, has burned over 2,000 acres.
There are also arising fires in Orondo, Mansfield and Waterville in Douglas County.
Source: The Seattle Times, Authors: Erik Lacitis, Christine Clarridge, and Mike Carter
After considering the growing wildfire conflict in Washington State, it is important to practice safe procedures to avoid potential fires in your home. Be sure to contact your local insurance agent to review your home insurance coverages, and make sure your policy is up to date!
firstname.lastname@example.org | (206) 284-4886
3424 W McGraw St
Seattle, WA 98199