State struggling to hire firefighters ahead of another worrying fire season

We know wildfire season is still months out, we're getting a clearer idea of what to expect—and it's good news and bad news. On one hand, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources does not believe this summer will be as hot and dry as last year, but on the other hand, they're struggling to hire more firefighters.

Abby Acone talks wildfires with DNR Commissioner Hilary Franz

The Pacific Northwest has been devastated by worsening wildfires year after year. In 2021, Washington lawmakers passed landmark legislation to get ahead of the wildfires and prepare funding for firefighters, training, equipment and other resources. FOX 13 Meteorologist Abby Acone speaks with Hilary Franz, Commissioner of Public Lands for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, about what this bill will do for the state and its fight against climate change.

Governors turn to budgets to guard against climate change

Their state budgets flush with cash, Democratic and Republican governors alike want to spend some of the windfall on projects aimed at slowing climate change and guarding against its consequences, from floods and wildfires to dirty air.