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Quinault Fire Protection

Better Way to Think About Wildland Fires

This video about wildland fires from the U.S. Forest Service explores what makes fire in the West unique, and demonstrates the importance and benefits of healthy fire to forest ecosystems. Video courtesy of the United States Forest Service Reposted by the Quinault Division of Natural Resources         Quinault Fire Protection Program

How Much Do Climate Risks Cost?

Climate risks are pushing the Trump administration, and its allies in Congress, to fight a losing war. They continue to press forward for the development of oil, gas, coal, when the rest of the world understands the implication of that folly. Global warming is the most pressing issue for our time. Period. The thing is governments really have two choices when it comes to managing the impact on its peoples from global warming: Spend money on trying to reduce the problem; or spend money on cleaning up the catastrophes. Administration on the Hook for Climate Risks  The Trump administration...

QIN Receives Grant to Fund Oil Spill Response

In an effort to reduce the impacts of an oil spill when it happens, the Department of Ecology is helping fund emergency response equipment for 11 communities. The Quinault Indian Nation will receive $11,000 to fund trailer tires, training, and spill response kits. In 2016, the Tyee Marina fire in Tacoma and the Port Orchard Yacht Club fire each had a leg up because local emergency responders had a stash of state-funded oil spill response equipment nearby to quickly deploy while Ecology spill responders headed their way. Responders to the 2015 Mosier, Ore., oil train derailment also got a boost...

WDNR Eases Campfire Restrictions

With rain and cooler temperatures easing fire danger across Washington, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is lifting campfire restrictions for recreational use. Effective 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, campfires will be allowed in approved fire pits in designated campgrounds Washington lands protected by DNR. Because forests and rangelands remain dry from the summer’s low precipitation totals, other forms of outdoor burning, such as debris burning, remain prohibited under the burn ban ordered by Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz. “We’re thankful to have rain help wet our landscapes, but as we saw with a quick moving...

Forest Service spends record $2B battling forest fires

WASHINGTON (AP) — The US Forest Service has spent more than $2 billion on fire protection while battling forest fires around the country — a record as wildfires blacken the American West in one of the nation’s worst fire seasons. Wildfires have ravaged the West this summer with 64 large fires burning across 10 states as of Thursday, including 21 fires in Montana and 18 in Oregon. In all, 48,607 wildfires have burned nearly 13,000 square miles (33,586 square kilometers). The fires have stretched firefighting resources, destroyed more than 500 homes and triggered health alerts as choking smoke drifted...

State Officials Warn of Increased Wildfire Risks

With the Labor Day holiday weekend fast approaching, the WA State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is urging everyone to please take responsibility for their actions when playing or working outdoors. Fire danger rating for Grays Harbor County is High Effective 12:01 A.M. Friday, July 14th, 2017, The Grays Harbor County Fire Marshals’ Office, Fire Districts and Fire Departments will be enacting restrictions on outdoor burning. All residential burning, along with land clearing burning will be prohibited in Grays Harbor until further notice. Statewide: Effective August 2, 2017 at 12:01 A.M. fire restrictions are enacted on all WA State...