Today may be the last day of summer, but extremely dry weather conditions continue to make all of Washington State vulnerable to wildfires. Firefighting resources are stretched thin due to lightning-caused fires.
You can help. Please do your part to prevent wildfires by taking extra care to avoid any risk of creating even the smallest spark. Please extinguish cigarettes completely and dispose of them properly. Make sure your motorbike or quad has a U.S. Forest Service-approved spark arrestor.
Governor’s emergency proclamation
This week, Gov. Chris Gregoire extended a burn ban on all outdoor and agricultural burning for all counties east of the crest of the Cascades through midnight, Monday, September 24.
Also, for both sides of the Cascades, DNR’s statewide burn ban on all DNR-protected lands continues through September 30; this includes all forestlands in Washington, except for federal lands*.
Campfires and fireworks are prohibited in Eastern Washington. And, as a reminder, fireworks are never allowed on DNR-managed lands. In Western Washington, campfires are allowed in approved fire pits on DNR-managed lands unless otherwise posted.
Stay up-to-date on fire conditions with these important links:
- DNR’s Fire Twitter feed.
- National Weather Service office in Spokane
- InciWeb (updates about major wildfires)
- Burn Risk Map (Lists the fire danger rating by county)
* Find out more about fire precautions on federal lands:
- U.S. Forest Service. Provides a list of national forests in all states. Follow the link to a forest and click on “Alerts & Notices.”
- National Park Service. For a list of national parks in Washington state.
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