Inslee deploys a fire shelter during a practice session near the Capitol.
The state is facing what Inslee called “the three horses of the fire Apocalypse” – drought, heat and beetle infestation killing trees – and doubled its wildfire fighting budget this year. The number of wildfires in
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“I don’t want to have to be a governor that gets in one of these shake and bake bags as our response to forest fires,” he said, referring to the fire shelters he and Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark had just deployed as part of their annual training for fire season.
On Monday, the Obama Administration released goals for all states in reducing carbon emissions, and set the largest percentage reduction for
The state will also consider the potential for carbon pollution for Rocky Mountain states’ coal coming through
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Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead was in
“We are going to consider the carbon pollution that comes from this coal wherever it’s burned,” he said. “This is a global system and when carbon is burned, it ends up in our water and makes our water more acidic.”
The governor and lands commissioner usually mark the start of fire season by completing the Work Capacity Test, necessary for visiting fire lines when wildfires break out. It involves walking a mile in under 16 minutes and properly deploying a fire shelter in 30 seconds. They both passed.