Tinder-dry conditions throughout Pierce County and quick-moving brush fires like this one that threatened homes in the Panorama Heights neighborhood of Bonney Lake on July 15 have factored into how willing local fire agencies are to allocate resources to wildland firefighting efforts throughout the state and region. East Pierce Fire & Rescue wildland team leader Kyle Bylin, second from right, said the “incredibly hot and dry summer” has led to conditions where fuels typically not likely to burn under tree canopies becoming more and more involved in fires. “With conditions the way they are we’re anticipating more fires and potentially larger ones,” Bylin said Saturday. Bylin noted that the steepness of the slope of the July 15 fire that he and firefighters Brian Hoon, left, and Brian Sacco, right, stood on actually increased the “fire speed and and size of the fire” that forced evacuations of high-end homes in The Summit gated community at the top of the hill.
Tinder-dry conditions throughout Pierce County and quick-moving brush fires like this one that threatened homes in the Panorama Heights neighborhood of Bonney Lake on July 15 have factored into how willing local fire agencies are to allocate resources to wildland firefighting efforts throughout the state and region. East Pierce Fire & Rescue wildland team leader Kyle Bylin, second from right, said the “incredibly hot and dry summer” has led to conditions where fuels typically not likely to burn under tree canopies becoming more and more involved in fires. “With conditions the way they are we’re anticipating more fires and potentially larger ones,” Bylin said Saturday. Bylin noted that the steepness of the slope of the July 15 fire that he and firefighters Brian Hoon, left, and Brian Sacco, right, stood on actually increased the “fire speed and and size of the fire” that forced evacuations of high-end homes in The Summit gated community at the top of the hill. Dean J. Koepfler Staff photographer
Tinder-dry conditions throughout Pierce County and quick-moving brush fires like this one that threatened homes in the Panorama Heights neighborhood of Bonney Lake on July 15 have factored into how willing local fire agencies are to allocate resources to wildland firefighting efforts throughout the state and region. East Pierce Fire & Rescue wildland team leader Kyle Bylin, second from right, said the “incredibly hot and dry summer” has led to conditions where fuels typically not likely to burn under tree canopies becoming more and more involved in fires. “With conditions the way they are we’re anticipating more fires and potentially larger ones,” Bylin said Saturday. Bylin noted that the steepness of the slope of the July 15 fire that he and firefighters Brian Hoon, left, and Brian Sacco, right, stood on actually increased the “fire speed and and size of the fire” that forced evacuations of high-end homes in The Summit gated community at the top of the hill. Dean J. Koepfler Staff photographer

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