Office of the State Fire Marshal

State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy

Captain Monica Alexander
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax

*** For Immediate Release***

Date: April 27, 2016
Contact: Deputy State Fire Marshal Lysandra Davis
Phone: (360) 596-3929
Twitter: @wafiremarshal

Prevent Wildfire Arson in Washington -- Spread the Facts Not the Fire

Wildfire Arson – the intentional and/or reckless burning of underdeveloped wildland or uncultivated land – is the cause of many large and damaging wildfires throughout the United States. Although most residents have no intention of starting a wildfire, 75% of all reported wildland fires in Washington State last year were human-caused [1].

In 2015, our state experienced its worst wildland fire season on record—which resulted in more than 2,000 reported fires that affected 1.1 million acres, and totaled more than $343 million in fire suppression costs alone. The State Fire Marshal's Office is partnering with the United States Fire Administration to gather and share information to raise awareness of wildfire arson and provide individuals with strategies to combat it in their communities.

"Make it your goal this Arson Awareness Week to consider ways to prevent devastating wildfires," says Fire Marshal Charles Duffy. National Arson Awareness Week is May 1-7, 2016 and focuses on "Prevent Wildfire Arson – Spread the Facts Not the Fire."

What can you do to prevent wildfire arson? The State Fire Marshal's Office offers the following prevention and preparedness projects that focus on identifying and removing things or materials that an arsonist could use to start a fire:

Prevention Projects:

Preparedness Projects:

For more information, including social media awareness resources for the 2015 National Arson Awareness Week campaign, visit the United States Fire Administration website at

[1] Northwest Interagency Coordination Center's 2015 Northwest Annual Fire Report

The Office of the State Fire Marshal is a Bureau of the Washington State Patrol, providing fire and life safety services to the citizens
of Washington State including inspections of state licensed facilities, plan review of school construction projects, licensing of fire
sprinkler contractors and pyrotechnic operators, training Washington States firefighters, and collecting emergency response data.


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