Washington firefighters prepare for wildfires amid virus

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Washington state firefighters are preparing for a season of potential summer wildfires while adopting new safety measures amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Skagit Valley Herald reported the COVID-19 pandemic has added a new layer of uncertainty to the work of preparing for wildfire season. Firefighters are screened when reporting to work. Their temperatures are taken and they answer health questions such as whether they have had sore throats or fevers in recent weeks, and if they have traveled or been exposed to anyone with COVID-19. Firefighters are also equipped with face masks for close quarters work.