Goodell Creek fire

Downtown Newhalem was inundated with smoke in August 2015 from the Goodell fire.

The Skagit County Board of Commissioners proclaimed May “Wildfire Awareness Month” after hearing Tuesday from area wildfire experts.

“It’s a great time to start thinking about this before summer, when our months get warmer and our fire potential goes up,” local wildfire resilience coordinator Jenny Coe, who works for the Skagit and Whatcom conservation districts, told the commissioners.

— Reporter Kimberly Cauvel: 360-416-2199,, Twitter: @Kimberly_SVH,

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