FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 14, 2010
Fire danger rating increases
High pressure moves in with warmer temperatures
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in cooperation with local fire departments and districts, announced today that fire danger ratings have increased in northeast Washington.
Effective 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, July 15, 2010, the following changes will be implemented:
- In Ferry and Pend Oreille counties, and Stevens County outside of Fire Districts 1 & 2, the fire danger rating will increase to ‘moderate.’
- In Spokane, Lincoln, and Okanogan counties, and Fire Districts 1 & 2 in Stevens County, the fire danger rating will increase to ‘high.’
A statewide burn ban is in effect on all DNR-protected lands July 15, 2010, through September 30, 2010. This means all forestlands in Washington except for federal lands.
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. DNR is the state’s largest on-call fire department, with over 1,000 employees trained and available to be dispatched to fires as needed. During fire season, this includes over 700 DNR employees who have other permanent jobs with the agency and about 375 seasonal workers. Additionally, Department of Correction inmates participate in the DNR correctional camps program. 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, DNR’s NE Region, 509-990-6218, email@example.com
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