Wildfire season is looming. What can you do to adapt?

May 30, 2019

As you’ve likely noticed, Northwest Washington witnessed an abnormally dry spring in 2019 — with almost four months of below-normal rainfall. Our region of the Salish Sea is at 47% of normal snow water equivalent, and snowpack is expected to melt before the end of summer. Experts are predicting a long season of drought and wildfires. We just hit a level of heat-trapping carbon dioxide not seen since humans walked the earth. And a warming climate means our summers are increasingly more likely to put us in drought conditions. Now, a statewide drought emergency announced by Governor Inslee has been expanded to half the state, including the Nooksack and Skagit rivers.

Since we know climate change is not going anywhere soon, it’s time to adapt and prepare for wildfires and the changes we’re already experiencing. Here are four climate change preparedness resources you can use this season:

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