The Washington State Department of Natural Resources announced a statewide burn ban on all DNR-protected land starts today and runs through September.
Already this year, DNR has had 57 wildfires that started 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 exceptions for recreational fires within campgrounds, and DNR-approved fires
The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbeques will continue to be allowed under the ban.