FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 1, 2010
Fire danger rating increases in Okanogan County
Burn restriction in Spokane and portions of Lincoln and Stevens County
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today the following changes in fire danger rating and burn restrictions on DNR-protected lands.
Effective midnight, July 1, 2010, the following changes will be implemented:
In Spokane, northern Lincoln County, and Fire Districts 1 and 2 in Stevens County, rule burns and permitted burns are prohibited. Campfires are still allowed.
In Okanogan County, the fire danger rating will increase from low to moderate. Landowners with a burn permit will need to follow the rules for moderate conditions when burning.
DNR also urges people to be careful with campfires over the extended Fourth of July weekend. Lately, numerous campfires have been found unattended. Leaving a campfire unattended is dangerous, and it can result in a fine of up to $185.
Fireworks are prohibited in the forest and can result in fines up to $185.
If your campfire or fireworks start a wildfire, you can also be held liable for the cost of suppressing the fire.
Daily updates on burn restrictions are available at 1-800-323-BURN or on DNR’s website at www.dnr.wa.gov , then click on ‘fire information and prevention’ and go to ‘wildfire related maps.’ The ‘burn risk map’ link is in the bottom right-hand corner.
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.
Janet Pearce, Communications and Outreach, 360-902-1122, firstname.lastname@example.org
Guy Gifford, Northeast Region, 509-990-6218, email@example.com
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