FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 12, 2010
Fire danger rating drops in Okanogan County
No change for woodworkers
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that the fire danger rating in Okanogan County will drop from ‘moderate’ to ‘low’ at 12:01 a.m., Wednesday, October 13th, 2010.
The following counties will remain at a ‘low’ fire danger rating: Spokane, Stevens, Ferry, Lincoln and Pend Oreille.
Permit burning and rule burning will be allowed in Spokane, Stevens, Lincoln, Ferry, Pend Oreille and Okanogan counties.
People are reminded to be careful when burning by following these simple steps:
- Put a fire break around your fire.
- Do not leave the fire unattended.
- Put the fire out every night.
- If wind speeds increase, put out your fire.
- Check before burning by calling 1-800-323-BURN or visit www.dnr.wa.gov for current burning conditions.
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, Community Outreach and Education, 360-902-1122, firstname.lastname@example.org
Guy Gifford, DNR NE Region, 509-990-6218, email@example.com
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