* MEDIA ADVISORY *
June 10, 2010
Get DNR’s wildfire news online
Websites and new Twitter feed to help public follow wildfires and fire danger in Washington
OLYMPIA – Members of the media and public are invited to check online for daily news about wildfire incidents on public and private lands protected by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The department’s website, www.dnr.wa.gov, posts updates online each day, generally at noon. The updates are posted more frequently on days with high fire activity or rapidly changing weather.
The direct link to the DNR Fire Update is: www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/rp_fire_currentfireinfodailyupdates.pdf
Each update lists the name of the fire incident, its location, estimated acres burned, and news about its status, such as the percentage of the fire contained. Addition information in each update may include:
- Agencies working with DNR on the fire
- Community impact (such closures of roads, recreations areas, evacuations, etc.)
- Resources assigned (including personnel and aircraft)
- Incident command leadership and public information contacts
New Twitter feed for fire: @wadnr_fire
This summer DNR will have a new Twitter feed devoted to fire related information -- @wadnr_fire (http://twitter.com/waDNR_fire). Last year DNR posted fire updates on the agency Twitter feed, @wadnr (http://twitter.com/waDNR).
Additional sources of fire-related information include:
DNR’s wildfire mission
Administered by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, DNR is responsible for preventing and fighting wildfires on 12.7 million acres of private, state and tribal-owned forestlands in Washington. DNR is the state’s largest on-call fire department. During fire season, this includes more than 700 DNR employees who have other permanent jobs with the agency and about 375 seasonal workers. DNR also participates in Washington’s coordinated interagency approach to firefighting.
Media Contact: Janet Pearce, Communications and Outreach, 360-902-1122, firstname.lastname@example.org
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