DNR has extended the burn ban to include western Washington for all DNR-protected lands, effective through September 30, 2014. A burn ban was already in please for eastern Washington beginning July 1.
Hot and dry conditions increase the potential for wildfire over the next several weeks on both sides of the Cascades. With the current heat wave projected to last into next week, DNR is urging people to be extra vigilant.
Already this year, DNR has dealt with more than 260 wildfire starts which burned approximately 19,000 acres.
The burn ban includes all forestlands in Washington except for federal lands. Campgrounds may have additional burn restrictions in place. Campers should check with their campground host before starting a campfire.
The ban applies to all outdoor burning on DNR-protected forestlands with the following exceptions:
- Recreational fires in approved fire pits in designated state, county, municipal or other campgrounds;
- DNR-approved prescribed fires for ecological purposes may be permitted if expressly approved by the Commissioner of Public Lands.
- Gas and propane self-contained stoves/barbeque grills. Charcoal briquettes are not allowed.
DNR has a Wildfire Prevention Tip Card that explains how you can prevent wildfires and keep your home and community safe.
- Tips to protect your home and family from wildfire: www.firewise.org
- Frequent updates: twitter.com/waDNR_fire .
- Washington fire and weather conditions: National Weather Service
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