Weekend closures, lane restrictions impact SR 99, I-5 and I-90

Seattle Fire Dept. urges homeowners to take action to protect property from potential brush fires

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Fire department is asking for the public’s help to reduce the risk of brush fires in city neighborhoods.

The department held a press conference Wednesday to talk about the increased fire dangers, but before they could start, crews had to knock down a brush fire that erupted nearby.

Fire crews quickly doused a homeless man’s illegal campfire in Discovery Park before it got out of hand.

The unusually warm, dry weather has the department working overtime on brush and grass fires inside the city limits.

“The conditions are different,” said Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins. “It’s something that we all need to be paying attention to.”

Unlike prior years, the threat of fires now includes populated neighborhoods

Scoggins urged homeowners to create what’s called defensible space around their homes that could help stop flames from spreading.

The department has been extremely busy this season battling more than 440 brush fires -- that’s more than twice the number of warm weather-related fires than 2014.

Learn how to protect your home by visiting Firewise.com.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s