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Multiple Counties impose ban on debris burning starting May 8, 2019

With temperatures expected to be above normal this weekend, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced an increase in fire danger rating on DNR-protected lands in southwest Washington.

“Fire season is here. These hot temperatures can rob our forests of moisture, setting the stage for more wildfires,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz. “While we can’t do anything to stop fires started by natural causes, we all play a role in preventing wildfires while enjoying the outdoors. Make sure to douse your campfires, don’t park in dry grass and tighten tow chains so they don’t drag on roadways.”

As of midnight last night, Thurston, Mason, Pierce, King, Kitsap, Skamania, Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Pacific, and Wahkiakum counties in Western Washington have imposed a temporary ban on debris burning in these counties. At the same time, fire danger in all those counties increased from low to moderate. Other than the southern portions of Garfield, Columbia, and Asotin Counties (i.e. the Blue Mountains), all eastern Washington Counties are also at Moderate Fire Danger.

The forecasted combination of dry landscape and warm weather has fire officials concerned as the weekend approaches. Current conditions are drier than normal, and grasses, brush, and trees are unusually receptive to fire starts.

Debris burning is not allowed within any  MODERATE fire danger county. Campfires may be allowed in approved designated campgrounds. Always check with local campground hosts before lighting a campfire.

Target shooting is currently allowed during the day on most DNR-managed lands in areas with an unobstructed, earth backstop that can safely stop all bullets.

Those who do target shooting are urged to pack out all shells, brass, paper, and other debris. Exploding targets and fireworks are not allowed on DNR-protected lands.

Check https://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/protection/firedanger/ for any changes in fire danger.

 

DNR’s wildfire mission

Administered by Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, 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 800 permanent DNR employees available and another 550 seasonal firefighters hired for the summer season.

 

Okanogan County Lifts County Wide Burn Ban

As of today, Monday October 8, the Okanogan County Board of Commissioners lifted the county wide fire safety burn ban with Resolution 104-2018. The recent rainfall and increased moisture over the weekend have helped to reduce fire danger levels in the county. Please also check the Okanogan County Commissioner’s page for any further updates on the burn ban status.

Please remember, if you plan to burn always contact your local fire district prior to burning and check the daily burn decision for your area. If the daily burn decision and your local fire district allows for burning, only burn dry, unprocessed natural vegetation. Conditions are still dry in some areas, so be sure to burn only what you can safely control and follow all local fire safety regulations.

For questions on Department of Ecology permits in Okanogan County, please contact the Central Regional Office at 509-575-2490 and ask for the Smoke Team member on duty. To check the Ecology daily burn decision for your county please call the Burn Hotline at 1-800-406-5322 after 9 am of the day you wish to burn.

Kittitas County Fire District #1 to Lift Burn Ban

Kittitas County previously lifted the fire safety burn ban for all districts except Fire District 1. Fire District 1 is for the area of Thorp. However, the district anticipates lifting the fire safety burn ban for Fire District 1 by Saturday, October 6. Please check the Kittitas County website for additional updates and details on the burn ban for your areas.

Fire District 1-Thorp will lift the fire safety burn ban on October 6, 2018.

Please remember, if you plan to burn always contact your local fire district prior to burning and check the daily burn decision for your area. If the daily burn decision and your local fire district allows for burning, only burn dry, unprocessed natural vegetation. Conditions are still dry, so be sure to burn only what you can safely control and follow all local fire safety regulations.

For questions on Department of Ecology permits in Kittitas County, please contact the Central Regional Office at 509-575-2490 and ask for the Smoke Team member on duty. To check the Ecology daily burn decision for your county please call the Burn Hotline at 1-800-406-5322 after 9 am of the day you wish to burn.

Kittitas County Burn Ban Update

Although the DNR fire safety burn ban for DNR protected lands remains in effect, as of October 1, 2018 the Kittitas County has lifted its burn ban for all districts except Fire District 1 (Kittitas County burn ban press release, Oct. 1, 2018). Fire District 1 will remain under burn ban until further notice. Please visit the Kittitas County website for additional details and updates on burn ban information.

If you plan to burn, contact your local fire district prior to burning and remember that conditions are still dry. If your local fire district allows you to burn today, only burn dry, natural vegetation. Burn only what you can safely control and follow all local fire safety restrictions.

For questions on Department of Ecology permits in Kittitas County, please contact the Central Regional Office at 509-575-2490 and ask for the Smoke Team member on duty. To check the Ecology daily burn decision for your county please call the Burn Hotline at 1-800-406-5322 after 9 am of the day you wish to burn.