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Curious about this summer's wildfire season?


OLYMPIA—The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) posts a detailed map of current Fire Danger warnings on their site located at

In eastern Washington, this new fire danger rating system was implemented in 2019. Instead of basing the fire danger rating by county, it is now based on geographic areas that share similar fuels, climate, and topography in addition to administrative boundaries and is now called Fire Danger Rating Areas (FDRAs).

The Lower Basin Fire Danger Rating Area (FDRA) is currently listed as ‘HIGH” according to the bur...

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