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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.

Summer burn ban to take place on all DNR-protected lands

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced there will be a statewide burn ban on all DNR-protected lands July 1, 2013 through September 30, 2013. The burn ban will apply to all forestlands in Washington under DNR fire protection, which does not include federally owned lands.

Each year, DNR strives to keep all wildfires under 10 acres. Already this year, DNR has had 57 wildfire starts simply from escaped outdoor burn piles, which have burned approximately 202 acres.

“The threat of wildfires from escaped outdoor burning is highest during the hot and dry days of summer,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. “Wildfires are serious threats to public safety, private property, and wildlife habitat. We must take prudent steps to prevent wildfires and minimize the large expenditures of public resources spent to fight them.”

The ban will apply to all outdoor burning on DNR-protected forestlands with the following exceptions:

1.      Recreational fires in approved fire pits within designated state, county, municipal or other campgrounds, and

2.      DNR-approved prescribed fires, implemented to enhance or restore fire-dependent ecosystems and forest health, when enhancement and restoration by prescribed fire can only be accomplished successfully during the period of time from July 1, 2013, through September 30, 2013.

The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbeques will continue to be allowed under the ban.

When implemented, the burn ban will take precedence over and supersede all other burn bans currently in effect on DNR-protected forestlands. The burn ban does not apply to federal lands.

 

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.