FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 7, 2011
Fire danger rating increases to ‘moderate’ in Okanogan County
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the following change in the fire danger rating on DNR-protected lands.
Effective 12:01 a.m., Friday, July 8, 2011, the following change will be implemented:
- In Okanogan County, the fire danger rating increases from ‘low’ to ‘moderate.’
- In Spokane County, northern Lincoln County, and Fire Districts 1 and 2 in Stevens County, the fire danger rating is currently at ‘moderate.’
- Ferry County, Pend Oreille County, and Stevens County outside of Fire
Districts 1 & 2 will remain at ‘low.’
Daily updates on fire danger ratings by county are available at 1-800-323-BURN or on DNR’s website at http://1.usa.gov/waburnmap .
DNR reminds everyone that there is a statewide burn ban in effect on all DNR-protected lands. This ban is effective from July 1, 2011, through September 30, 2011. This applies to all forestlands in Washington except for federal lands.
DNR’s wildfire mission
Administered by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, DNR is responsible for 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 participates in Washington’s coordinated interagency approach to firefighting. DNR also has wildfire prevention programs that help people create defensible space around their rural homes and communities, and restrict burning when there is higher wildfire risk.
Janet Pearce, Communications and Outreach, 360-902-1122, email@example.com
Steve Harris, DNR NE Region, 509-995-4373, firstname.lastname@example.org
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