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  • Writer's pictureWes Johns

Did you know that there are three fire seasons in Chelan County?

One day in early April I witnessed 3 fire trucks heading up my road and I was surprised. Surely it's too early for fire season? Well, turns out some folks had left a hot bed of coals in their firepit after going home to the West side of the state, and well, that happened. Turns out the first fire season starts as soon as the snow melts, uncovering lots of dead plants (fuel). The second season starts in June when much of that fuel has had a chance to further dry out. These first 2 fire seasons are usually manageable, but it's the third one that's the most serious, as it combines dry fuel, heat (often from lightning or humans), and oxygen (wind). These make up the "fire triangle" and are difficult to manage, often going until the first snowfall in November.

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