FIRE DANGER RATING AND BURNING RESTRICTIONS DROP IN NORTHEAST WASHINGTON
Lower Temps, Increased Precipitation Ease Fire Danger
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that the fire danger rating and burning restrictions have been lowered in northeast Washington on DNR-protected lands. Fire danger is reduced by recent rainfall and moderating temperatures.
Effective 12:01 a.m., October 16, 2014, the fire danger rating dropped to ‘low,’ in:
- Stevens County, outside Fire Districts 1 and 2.
- Okanogan County
- Ferry County
- Pend Oreille County
Effective 12:01 a.m., October 16, 2014, the fire danger rating dropped to ‘moderate,’ in:
- Stevens County, inside Fire Districts 1 and 2
- Spokane County
- Lincoln County
- Permit and rule burning are allowed in Ferry, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, and Stevens counties.
People are reminded to follow the conditions of their burning permit. Also, please be careful when burning by following these simple steps:
- Put a fire break around your fire.
- Do not leave the fire unattended.
- Put the fire completely out every night.
- If wind speeds increase, put out your fire.
- Check before burning by calling 1-800-323-BURN or visiting www.dnr.wa.gov for current burning conditions.
DNR’s Wildfire Mission
Administered by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, DNR is responsible for preventing and fighting wildfires on 13 million acres of private, state and tribal-owned forestlands. DNR is the state’s largest on-call fire department, with more than 1,000 employees trained and available to be dispatched to fires as needed. During fire season, this includes more than 700 DNR employees who have other permanent jobs with the agency and about 400 seasonal employees hired for firefighting duties. Additionally, adult offenders from the Department of Corrections and juvenile offenders from the Department of Social and Health Services-Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration support firefighting efforts through DNR’s Correctional Camps Program. DNR also participates in Washington’s coordinated interagency approach to firefighting.
Janet Pearce, Communications Manager, 360-902-1122, email@example.com
Guy Gifford, DNR’s NE Region, 509-990-6218, firstname.lastname@example.org