While fire is part of many natural ecosystems, wildland fires -- caused by nature or humans -- can burn out of control and destroy forests, brush, field crops, grasslands, and property. And it can threaten and take lives.
The wildland fire season in Washington usually begins in early July and culminates in late September. However, wildland fires have occurred in every month. Drought, snow pack, and weather conditions can expand the fire season. The early and late shoulders of the fire season usually are associated with human-caused fires. Lightning is the cause of most fires in July, August and early September.
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