Governor Inslee declares state of emergency for Washington wildfires

Aug 19 2020, 1:04 pm

In response to multiple wildfires burning in the Olympic Peninsula and Central and Eastern Washington, Governor Jay Inslee has issued a statewide emergency proclamation.

The proclamation “authorizes the activation of the Washington National Guard statewide in response to a request from the state Department of Natural Resources to help protect homes, public facilities and utilities, businesses, agriculture and natural resources.”

In a press release, Inslee noted that there’s been an “additional strain on our resources” due to the coronavirus and that the “wildfires are threatening the safety and livelihoods of Washingtonians all across the state.”

“Firefighting resources throughout the state have been spread thin due to commitments to pre-existing and projected fire activity, and this current emergency is compounded by extreme high temperatures and dry weather, as well as the increase of visitors to Washington wilderness areas.”

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