Wildfire risk low - so far


File photo by Shawna Whelan

Wildland firefighters work on the 2018 Maple Fire in northwestern Mason County.

People in Mason County can be cautiously optimistic about this year's wildfire and fire season, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.

"Fires on the west side, especially really bad fires on the west side, are not a very common thing," Wildland Fire Meteorologist Matthew Dehr told the Journal. "You really have to have a lot of factors line up for a prolonged period of time. Last summer was one of those times where it was hot and dry for a long enough time that people were concerned. This summer, I don't see that happening."

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