|2021 Washington wildfires|
|Total fires||Over 836 (as of late July)|
|Total area||Over 484,045 acres (195,886 ha) (as of August 15)|
|Date(s)||March 2021–October 2021 Statewide state of emergency: July 6, 2021|
How often do wildfires happen in Washington?
The department fights about 900 wildland fires per year across the state, about 70 percent are in Eastern Washington. Most are small, usually extinguished while they are less than one acre in size.
Where are the fires in Washington 2020?
Most fires are started by people. As of late August, there are already more than 1,600 reported fires in Washington, with more than a third of those fires and fire starts on the west side of the state, according to DNR.
How many wildfires are in Washington 2020?
According to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center, 2021 saw 89 large fires across the state compared to the 86 recorded in 2020. This year the state recorded 1,872,574 acres burned in comparison to last year which only saw 1,474,139 acres burned.
Does Washington have a lot of fires?
For the entire wildfire season of 2020, which also saw significantly more wildfires than the 10-year average, roughly 273,000 acres burned across Washington. The number of fire ignitions across Washington is approximately double the 10-year average. Seventeen fires so far this year have been determined to be arson.
Are wildfires common in Washington state?
Well, wildland fires are certainly more common on the far side of the Cascade crest, but that doesn’t exempt the damp half of the state. The Tillamook Burn, begun in 1933, destroyed some 350,000 acres of westside forest. Make no mistake: This is everyone’s problem.
What is the biggest fire in Washington state?
This summer has included the largest fire (the Okanogan Complex) in WA state history and the most acres burned since at least 2002.
What started Washington fires?
The majority are believed to be caused by lighting, with nearly 1,400 recorded strikes as thunderstorms crossed the state. It’s an inopportune time for severe weather as drought and heat have left exceptionally dry fuel conditions across Washington, amplifying the danger of wildfire.
What is causing all the wildfires?
Nearly 85% of all wildfires in the United States are caused by humans, according to the National Park Service. Another leading cause of fires is lightning, which caused most of the destructive fires in 2020 across the state of California.