FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 30, 2011
Okanogan County fire danger remains ‘high’
Burn restrictions stay in place
COLVILLE – Even though the statewide burn ban on DNR-protected lands has been lifted in most parts of Washington, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that burn restrictions are still in place in Okanogan County on DNR-protected lands.
Due to unseasonably warm, dry weather, the fire danger remains ‘high’ in Okanogan County. Burn restrictions will remain in place on DNR-protected lands with silvicultural rule burning and permit burns being prohibited. Campfires will only be allowed in approved fire pits within designated state, county, municipal or other campgrounds.
Burn barrels illegal
The use of burn barrels in Washington State is illegal. Backyard fires that get out of control are a leading cause of wildfires caused by people. Those who burn fires illegally are held responsible for the cost of putting out the wildfire caused by their outdoor burning.
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.
Media Contact: Guy Gifford, Wildfire Prevention Specialist, 509-990-6218, firstname.lastname@example.org
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