South Sound firefighters prepare for new risk: wildfires

After a wildfire destroyed six homes in Pierce County in 2020, firefighters in the south Puget Sound region are preparing for the possibility of another fire.

GRAHAM, Wash. — Firefighters in western Washington say they need to learn new ways to fight fires, as the risk for wildfires in the region has grown.

Darrell Herde never thought he’d have to worry about wildfires.

But his rural Pierce County home, where he had lived for nearly 30 years, was destroyed by a wildfire in 2020.

“September 8,” said Herde. “When you lose everything you’ve ever had, you don’t forget the date.”

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