Washington wildfire season has officially begun

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources says the wildfire season officially begins on Friday in Washington.

State officials say there have already been more than 25 forest fires reported this year on lands protected by the Department of Natural Resources. That is despite a wetter than usual winter in Washington.

Last year's wildfire season was the worst in recent history, with more than a million acres burned and 307 homes destroyed.

Authorities encourage homeowners to do some fire prevention work before the season heats up, by reducing or eliminating vegetation close to structures.