Cigarettes, cooking and electrical fires frequent
In 2022, fire killed 81 civilians in Washington, according to the most recent figures from the state Fire Marshal’s Office. More than 30,733 fire incidents resulting in $330 million in property damage happened that year.
Most of these events are preventable, state officials say, by taking steps such as installing multiple smoke detectors, having fire extinguishers handy and having an escape route.
Rural Mason County residents may face additional challenges with fires, including increased response times, limited driveway access and lack of available water, making fire prevention especial...