To help Washington prepare and manage the escalating risk of wildfires, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz today released Washington’s Wildland Fire Protection 10-Year Strategic Plan.
Commissioner of public lands, Hilary Franz, joins Take 5 to talk about wildfire safety and funding. We have 5 tips for wildfire season.
As a budget agreement falls into place in Olympia, the State Department of Natural Resources hopes a final deal includes new funding to help fight and prevent wildfires for years to come.
Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, and so it was that the state’s commissioner of Public Lands, Hilary Franz, took to Twitter recently in a bid to do whatever it takes to make sure that Washington will have enough resources on hand to prevent and suppress wildfires this summer and in tinder-dry years to come.
Hilary Franz, the current commissioner of the Washington Department of Natural Resources, watched the Carlton Complex Fire, a 2014 firestorm that cost Washington around $98 million in damages, tear through canyons. It moved quickly, eating up forest and spitting out smoke. The blaze was unfathomably huge—a “crown” fire, a type of fire where the flames licked … READ MORE
Are big wildfire seasons and the acrid smoke that chokes our communities the new normal? It’s a question we heard last summer, when smoke blanketed our communities and Washington’s air quality was the worst in the world. We heard it when our firefighters responded to 1,850 wildfires in 2018 — a record number.
We have a wildfire crisis in Washington. The Department of Natural Resources, our state’s wildfire fighting force, responded to 1,850 wildfires last year – the most on record – with 40 percent of them on land west of the Cascades.
A new proposal at the state Capitol would provide a dedicated funding stream for wildfire prevention and firefighting.
Smokey Bear and Hilary Franz, Washington State’s Commissioner of Public Lands, filmed a fire prevention public service announcement…
The state’s fire season is off to an extraordinarily early start, thanks to the second driest March on record. It has prompted State Senate Democrats and Stand Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz to propose a $62.5 million a year program of fire prevention and suppression.