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Water supplies fair; fire chiefs map tanks, pools

Tuesday, July 28, 2015by  Jon Osterberg

Citing “fair” water supplies, Puget Sound-area city officials urge homeowners to conserve water until fall rains replenish reservoirs.
     Everett, Seattle, and Tacoma officials say their supplies should last through summer, but homes and businesses can save water to ensure that happens. You’ll find tips at www.savingwater.org.
     Fire districts east of the Cascades offered Firewise help in March and April to thin brush and trees, lessening wildfire risk. Now with drought conditions continuing – even western Washington should see 90 degrees this week – chainsaw and chipper-shredder use is too risky in tinder-dry areas.
     
Instead of helping rural property owners with Firewise measures, fire officials are mapping residents’ water tanks and pools and logging driveway-gate PINs, which firefighters can use in a wildfire rather than waste precious time cutting padlocks.

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