I haven’t heard this on any reports, but I do have a hunch, and I’m normally about 80% accurate on my predictions. From seeing what I see and knowing what I know, I fear we are going to be in a severe drought this year in the Pacific Northwest. It could very easily be one of the worst if not the worst in the last 100 years including an abnormally high number of forest fires for the region. Pay special attention if you live in Eastern Washington, Eastern Oregon, Southern Oregon, Northern California, Idaho and Montana. We haven’t gotten nearly the amount of snow pack that’s needed to sustain the mountain forests, and the groundwater and river supplies. Spring normally brings in rain which will cause large spurts of growth to the grasses. If summer doesn’t receive enough precipitation to keep things green, then the tall grasses will dry out providing fuel for fires. Not having the snow pack in the mountains and additional ground water levels provided from melting snow, the trees will also be abnormally dry which will perpetuate and escalate any fires that are started. If you or anyone you know are firefighters be on the ready. If you are looking for work, consider getting training as a firefighter because I fear those jobs will be in very high demand this summer.
As our population continues to grow, more and more people are building homes in places that were once pristine wilderness areas. Homeowners who build in remote and wooded areas must take responsibility for the way their buildings are constructed and the way they landscape around them.
- Keep receipts of all clean-up and repair costs
- Do Not throw away any damaged goods until an official inventory has been taken by your insurance company.
If you rent – Contact your landlord since it is the owner’s responsibility to prevent further loss or damage to the site.
Move your stuff – Secure belongings or move them to another location.
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