Cow Creek Fite

A Department of Natural Resources photo shows the Cow Creek Fire in Yakima and Kittitas counties that was one of the state's largest fires this season.

The state says wildfires this year have burned the fewest acres in a decade in Washington state.

Commissioner of Public Lands Hillary Franz will talk Friday about the successes local, state and federal firefighters have had in contributing to a mild fire season.

DNR says a late start to the fire season this year on the heels of a wetter than normal spring also played a role in limiting the number and size of wildfires this season.

The previous two years were the second- and third-worst fire seasons recorded in state history, DNR said.

The briefing will be at the DNR Fire Cache in Tumwater beginning at 10 a.m. and Franz will highlight the funding the state allocated this year to fire prevention and firefighting as well as tactics used.

In addition to Franz, State Forester George Geissler, Wildfire Division Manager Russ Lane and fire district personnel will be in attendance.