Phil Higuera
Smoke plume from a forest fire in eastern Washington/Credit: Phil Higuera

Summer in Washington and the Pacific Northwest means an end to dreary days and warmer weather, but there’s something else on the minds of residents. When will the wildfires begin?

Last year, about 1,700 fires were reported in Washington, burning 500,000 acres of land and affecting thousands of people in rural communities. The fires bring smoke and, sometimes, public health concerns. So what can residents expect this summer?

Brian J. Harvey, assistant professor with the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS), and Susan Prichard, research scientist with SEFS, and several other fire experts at the University of Washington weighed in on what the 2019 wildfire season looks like.

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