FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 4, 2011
Fire danger rating and precaution level for woods workers increases in Northeast region
OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that fire danger ratings will increase in northeast Washington. Effective 12:01 a.m., August 6th, in Okanogan County, the fire danger rating will increase to ‘high.’
Also, effective 12:01 a.m., August 6th, the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) will increase to a Level II in Zone 684. Level II, named Partial Hootowl, limits most forest industrial activities to between 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. only.
Those using chainsaws in the forest, including cutting firewood, must follow certain rules:
- Chainsaws must have approved, working exhaust systems.
- A one-hour fire watch must follow the last use of a chainsaw.
- A fire extinguisher, containing at least eight ounces of retardant, must be in the immediate vicinity of where the chainsaw is being used.
- A shovel must be retrievable in two minutes or less.
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.
Campgrounds may have additional burn restrictions in place. Always check with your campground host before starting a campfire.
For daily updates on burn restrictions, call 1-800-323-BURN or visit DNR’s webpage showing fire danger and burning restrictions by county: http://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/firedanger/BurnRisk.aspx .
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, Communication and Outreach, 360-902-1122, firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Harris, DNR’s Northeast Region, 509-684-7474, email@example.com
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