Vancouver to residents: water lawns to prevent fires

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VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) – Officials in the southwest Washington city of Vancouver are encouraging residents to water their lawns to help suppress fires.

The Columbian newspaper reports that while some communities are urging water conservation because of this year’s drought, Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes told the city council the city has “a tremendous water supply.”

He says residents should try to keep their lawns and other vegetation green to help prevent fires, though city officials ask that people still use water wisely.

Vancouver Fire Chief Joe Molina told the council it’s been a challenging summer for firefighters. He says many blazes could have been prevented.

A city spokeswoman says the city’s water supply is good because it relies on rain-fed aquifers and is not dependent on mountain snowpack.

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