Weather service says Fourth of July is fire season




SEATTLE (AP) — The National Weather Service says Washington residents will soon forget the cool, wet spring they’ve been complaining about, because they are forecasting a warm, dry summer for the entire state. This weekend is also bringing the beginning of the wildfire season.

Meteorologist Ted Buehner (BEE’-ner) says there’s a perception that the Fourth of July is usually cool and rainy, but weather records show three out of four independence days are sunny and dry.

The forecast for Monday and beyond calls for dry, sunny days — the kind of weather that is conducive to wildfires.

In 2010, there were 414 fireworks-related fires and 161 injuries reported to the Office of the State Fire Marshall. Those incidents caused $2.1 million in property loss.