Keeping Track of Wildfires in Washington

Wildfires throughout Washington are stealing the headlines of many media outlets. With so much information available it’s hard to know where to go for consistent and accurate information. We have some direct links to some very useful information.

First, start with the Incident Information System at http://www.inciweb.org. This website has wildfire incident updates, announcements, closures, news, photographs, maps, and more. It provides you with all of the most accurate information regarding the cause of the fire, size, percent contained, and other important information. The best part about this website is its usability! Use the box in the upper left hand corner of the page to sort by your state of interest. You’ll be able to view a list of the large wildfires that are currently active in Washington. Click on the incident to get more information about it. It’s a valuable resource for anyone!

Next, visit Washington’s Public Access Cable TV Station TVW. On Monday September 10, Karen Ripley, DNR Forest Health Program Manager; Phil Hess, Consulting Forester; and John Randlett, Forest landowner by Cle Elum met with Anita Kissee who produces a show for TVW called “ The Impact.” This episode highlights the several forests in WA under a warning in danger of devastating wildfires, and how to protect your forest. Commissioner Goldmark is also interviewed as part of the program. The show initially aired on September 12 and can be viewed at: http://www.tvw.org/index.php?option=com_tvwplayer&eventID=2012090066.

Finally, for those twitter followers out there, get the first information from the Washington Department of Natural Resources via the twitter account: @waDNR_fire. You can also view recent images and news stories as they are made available to the public.

Have questions about any of this information? Contact us: sflo@dnr.wa.gov.