Each summer as temperatures soar and Washington’s forests and grasses dry out, the state’s wildfire experts hold their breath, hoping that a devastating megafire won’t tear through valuable timber or grazing lands, scorch beloved wilderness or destroy lives and property.

Washington and the rest of the West have battled ever-growing record fire seasons over the past decade. In 2020, more than 700,000 acres burned across Washington state and nearly 200 structures were destroyed — one of the worst fire seasons on record.

Washington can expect many more seasons like this.

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