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Wildfire worries for Western Washington this weekend

The largest fire department in Washington state is ready to deal with a fire season that could get worse over the weekend as we hit the driest time of the year.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Much of western Washington is in a drought, and a typically dry eastern Washington is classified as abnormally dry.

Despite the forecast for some showers on the western side of Washington this Saturday, there is still a huge concern for human-caused fires. 

"And with that long term drought existing in western Washington, we'll be back to active fire behavior by the middle of the weekend," said Ross Lane, the Department of Natural Resources new operations and aviation manager.

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Afternoon brush fires are already breaking out after what was a wetter and cloudier July.   

Earlier on Friday, a brush fire broke out along highway 99 near Cloverdale Street in Seattle and a grass fire was started by work on an antique car on Whidbey-Island. 

Lane's agency, which protects some 13 million acres of state and private land in Washington is, "keeping forces pre-positioned for an initial attack across the state."  

See more of KING 5's Glenn Farley's wildfire coverage below: 

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