Gov. Inslee issues state of emergency for all counties in Washington
OLYMPIA, Wash. —
Governor Jay Inslee (D – Wash.) proclaimed a state of emergency on Saturday in all counties across Washington state due to concerns for growing wildfires.
Inslee says the hot and dry days expected ahead of poses even more risk for more fires.
"Current weather forecasts predict continuing elevated temperatures throughout the state for the next seven days, providing hot and dry conditions, that, combined with the existing high-risk fire fuel conditions, support an active burning environment capable of producing significant multiple wildfires requiring the need for additional immediate response throughout the state," he wrote in the proclamation.
At this time, two of the largest fires burning in the state are the Jolly Mountain Fire near Cle Elum and the Norse Peak Fire near Naches.
The proclamation states that firefighters are stretched to capacity, so they're calling in the use of Washington National Guard resources to help fight fires and directs state agencies to utilize state resources and do everything reasonably possible to assist affected local governments.