Wildfires are often started by lightning, but many fires are caused by people. Some of the most destructive fire threats to our state’s wildlands and homes in rural areas can be traced to one of three sources: careless campers, escaped debris burning, and indefensible space around homes. It’s time to recognize the wildfire threat and promote action.
This year, there will be another statewide burn ban on all DNR-protected lands, July 1, 2012, through September 30, 2012. This means all forestlands in Washington under DNR fire protection; the burn ban does not apply to federal lands.
Already this year, DNR has dealt with 35 wildfire starts which burned approximately 434 acres — all caused when people allowed flames or sparks from outdoor burning to escape.
The ban will apply 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, which are used to enhance or restore fire-dependent ecosystems and forest health (but only in cases where it’s necessary for the prescribed fire to occur between July 1 and September 30); and
- Gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbeques.
When implemented, the burn ban will take precedence over and supersede all other burn bans currently in effect on DNR-protected forestlands.
DNR has a Wildfire Prevention Tip Card that explains how you can prevent wildfires and keep your home and community safe.
Get information about major wildfires and fire conditions in Washington State by following DNR’s Fire Twitter news feed.