Burn ban extends to West side of the state

Outdoor burning is banned statewide as of July 29.

The ban means outdoor burning is prohibited on all forestlands that DNR protects from wildfire.

Anyone caught violating the burn ban can face fines.

“The arrival of summer weather creates greater danger for wildfires, which are serious threats to safety, property and habitat. We have already seen a number of roadside fires start on both sides of the Cascades,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. “We must be cautious and vigilant to minimize the damage to our state.”

So far this year, DNR has had 408 wildfire starts throughout the state.

Outdoor burning in eastern Washington has been banned since July 2.

The ban may be extended or shortened based on fire weather.

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

Prescribed ecological burns approved by DNR will be allowed if expressly approved by Commissioner Goldmark.

DNR’s burn ban does not apply to federally-owned lands, such as national forests, national parks, national wildlife refuges or other areas administered by federal agencies.

Counties and local fire districts may have additional burn restrictions.

Fireworks and incendiary devices, such as exploding targets, sky lanterns, or tracer ammunition, are illegal on all DNR-protected forestlands.

For a copy of the Commissioner’s Order, go to http://www.dnr.wa.gov/burn-bans.

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