Washington Wildfire Crews Lend Hand to Alaska
News Date: 
August 27, 2019

Milder summer allows Washington firefighters to assist neighbor in need

This week, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) dispatched 69 more wildland firefighters to Alaska to help fight the raging, record-breaking wildfires there.
“I'm grateful for the support Alaskan fire crews have provided to us in our time of need. Now, it's our turn to help our neighbors,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz. “Wildfires do not care about state boundaries, which is why mutual aid and cross-state cooperation is vital. My thoughts and prayers are with the brave firefighters we are sending and the firefighters already on the fire lines.”
This season, DNR has sent 191 firefighters to Alaska to provide resources and support. Alaska has experienced hot and dry conditions this summer with very little rain. Winds have also made it difficult to suppress the 683 fires that have occurred so far, burning more than 2.5 million acres.
DNR crews in Alaska are helping to suppress Swan Lake Fire, Deshka Landing Fire, and McKinley Fire. For information on the Alaska wildfires, go to https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.
In Washington, DNR has responded to more than 1,000 wildfires, and 129,000 acres have burned. Washington State has had an unexpected, milder summer with cooler temperatures and rain. This milder season allows DNR to send firefighters to places that have not been so fortunate.

DNR’s wildfire mission

Led by Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, DNR – the state’s wildfire fighting force – is responsible for preventing and fighting wildfires on 13 million acres of private, state and tribal-owned land.
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Janet Pearce
Communications Manager
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