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The Cougar Creek Fire in Klickitat County, Washington, 2015. Photo: USFS
The Cougar Creek Fire in Klickitat County, Washington, 2015. Photo: USFS

Fire danger returning to Western Washington

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The National Weather Service is predicting a warmer and drier than average summer this year in Washington, prompting officials to brace for an early start to the fire season. Historically, the eastern part of the state has seen the largest impacts from fires, but climate change is now increasing the risk west of the Cascades. That could have big implications for many rural communities in the Puget Sound region. Christopher Dunagan reports the story for our magazine Salish Sea Currents.