Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz requested a $55 million wildfire spending plan Wednesday to help improve wildfire response and create healthier forests.
This would double the state’s current wildfire fighting budget.
Department of Natural Resources officials said they have responded to 1,700 wildfires so far in 2018. This is the second most fires on record for one year. They said nearly a record 39 percent of the fires were west of the Cascade Mountains this year. read more >>