Rain or shine on Labor Day weekend; fire season is not over yet

Even if you experience scattered rain showers in your area, our fire danger is still at hand. Please be safe as you go on outdoor adventures this weekend holiday.

So far this year, DNR has had 1,031 wildfires in Washington state, and the Department of Natural Resources needs your help to make sure we don’t have more.

Here’s how you can help prevent wildfires:

We suggest always check to see if there are local burn restrictions or bans on campfires before leaving home to go camping or hiking. Because campgrounds may choose to ban campfires, it is best to check with the campground host before lighting a campfire.

In areas where campfires are allowed:

  • Use an existing fire ring; don’t create a new one.
  • Clear all vegetation away from the fire ring (remove all flammable materials, such as pine needles, leaves, and branches).
  • Keep your campfire small.
  • Keep plenty of water and a shovel nearby for throwing dirt on the fire if it gets out of control.
  • Never leave a campfire unattended.

When putting out your campfire, you should:

  1. Drown the campfire with water.
  2. Mix the ashes and embers with soil. Scrape all partially burned sticks and logs to remove all hot embers from them.
  3. Stir the embers after they are covered with water and make sure everything is wet.
  4. Feel the coals, embers, and any partially-burned wood with your hands. Everything should be cool to the touch.

Besides being illegal, the discharge of even a single firework or explosive device in the forest poses a major risk of igniting multiple fire starts all at once.

Most wildfires are preventable because most are human-caused. Please report any smoke to 911 immediately.

Remember, wildfire prevention not only takes just a few minutes of your time, it protects you from the financial consequences of causing a wildfire.