By LaVendrick Smith
WNPA Olympia News Bureau 

Quick dollars for wildfire suppression critical to containment, committee hears


Last updated 1/28/2016 at 4:38pm

Scott Hunter

Firefighters responded quickly to this wildfire in Delano last July and kept it small. But sometimes conditions spread wildfire ahead of local firefighters, who then ask for more equipment, possibly aircraft. A bill introduced in the legislature would give the state Department of Natural Resources a half hour to answer such a call.

OLYMPIA-When a fire broke out in Asotin County last summer, Noel Hardin said a delay in state resources led to a bigger, more costly blaze.

The fire chief for District 1 in the county says that by the time the fire was contained it cost $2 million to fight, but could have been much cheaper with faster support from the state.

"The helicopter bill at that time would've been somewhere between thre...

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