WASHINGTON, Skagit CD – With less precipitation than normal so far in 2019 and snowpack in the North Cascades depleting rapidly, conditions are already abnormally dry and much of the western side of the state has been declared in or at risk of drought.
Al Craney, a forester who works with the Skagit Conservation District, is on a mission to determine just how many homes in Skagit County are at wildfire risk due to their proximity to forest lands or other fuel-rich environments.
He’s helping the Skagit County Department of Emergency Management develop a Skagit County Wild-Urban Interface Wildfire Hazard map. It will be a tool to help residents understand their risk and for first responders to use when evaluating a fire.
“When this is ready people will be able to look at where they are and what the risks are,” Craney said.