Burn ban archives for: Grant County

DNR Fire Danger Burn Ban in effect for all Washington state, summer 2014

The burn ban will run from today  [July 11, 2014] through September 30, 2014. It applies to all forest lands under DNR fire protection, which does not include federally owned lands (DNR press release).

DNR had a burn ban in effect for lands east of the Cascades. However, the press release dated July 1, 2014, expands their ban to the remainder of the state. 

What this means for you: While the current statewide ban only applies to DNR lands, many local air agencies and fire districts support these annual fire danger burn bans by enacting land clearing bans and restricting other types of burning. Please contact your local air agency or local fire district to determine what burn restrictions are in place for your specific area – website listings of all local fire districts - http://waburnbans.net/counties-cities/#fpd

Local Air Agencies

State Agencies

Lands not under the authority of local air agencies or Tribes are enforced by the state Department of Ecology. Regulated lands within the Department of Ecology are divided into 3 main regions:

Ecology Central Regional Office – Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat, and Okanogan counties.
Information and receptionist: 509-575-2490.

Ecology Eastern Regional Office – Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman counties.
Information and receptionist: 509-329-3400.

Ecology Northwest Regional Office – San Juan county only.
Information and receptionist: 425-649-7000.


Statewide burn ban on DNR lands lifted

DNR Press Release - http://www.dnr.wa.gov/RecreationEducation/News/Pages/2013_09_19_burn_ban_update.aspx

“OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that the statewide burn ban on DNR-protected lands has been rescinded. Fire danger is reduced by the recent rainfall and moderating temperatures.

Although the statewide burn ban has been lifted, some areas of the state remain dry and burn bans are still in place in these dry areas. The public is advised to check DNR’s burn risk website at http://bit.ly/nonie or call 1-800-323-BURN for local burning restrictions on DNR-protected lands. DNR urges continued caution with all potential fire sources, including tools, vehicles, camp stoves and other equipment and activities. In areas where local burn restrictions have been removed, forest landowners may conduct silvicultural burning subject to the conditions of their written burning permit or under DNR rules for burning without a permit.

Lifting the statewide burn ban does not prevent local authorities from putting in place burn restrictions in their jurisdictions. Potential burners and the public at large are reminded to check with those local authorities before burning.

In addition, industrial forest operations on DNR-protected lands remain regulated under the requirements of the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) system. Individuals involved in forest operations will need to check for and follow restrictions as they apply to the area in which they intend to work. Information on any such restrictions can be found at: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/RecreationEducation/Topics/FireBurningRegulations/Pages/rp_fire_ifpl.aspx.aspx

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, Department of Corrections’ adult offenders and Department of Social and Health Services-Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration juvenile offenders participate in the DNR correctional camps program. DNR also participates in Washington’s coordinated interagency approach to firefighting.

Media Contacts: Janet Pearce, Communications Manager, 360-902-1122, janet.pearce@dnr.wa.gov”