FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2, 2012
Increase in fire precaution levels, fire danger rating, and campfire restrictions in northeast Washington
Burning restrictions in effect in northeast Washington
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) is increasing in northeast Washington.
Effective 12:01 a.m., August 3, 2012, the 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. Zone 684 covers parts of Okanogan County.
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 8 ounces of retardant, must be in the immediate vicinity of where the chainsaw is used.
- A shovel must be retrievable in two minutes or less.
Effective 12:01 a.m., August 3, 2012, the fire danger rating in Okanogan County will increase to ‘high,’ and Pend Oreille County will increase to ‘moderate.’ Lincoln and Spokane counties and Stevens County, inside Fire District 1 & 2, will remain ‘high.’ Ferry County and Stevens County, outside Fire Districts 1 & 2, will remain ‘moderate.’
Effective 12:01 a.m., August 3, 2012, campfires will be prohibited at the following DNR facilities in Okanogan County: Leader Lake Campground, Rock Creek Campground and Rock Creek Shelter.
Daily updates on burn restrictions are available at 1-800-323-BURN or on DNR’s website at www.dnr.wa.gov, then click on ‘fire information and prevention’ and go to ‘wildfire related maps.’ The ‘burn risk map’ link is in the bottom, right-hand corner.
Statewide burn ban
In an effort to reduce human-caused wildfires, DNR issued a statewide burn ban on all DNR-protected lands, effective July 1, 2012, through September 30, 2012. The ban includes all forestlands in Washington except for federal lands. Campgrounds may have additional burn restrictions in place. Campers should check with their campground host before starting a campfire.
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 400 seasonal employees hired for firefighting duties. Additionally, Department of Corrections’ adult offenders and Department of Social and Health Services-Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration juvenile offenders participate in the DNR Correctional Camps Program. DNR also participates in Washington's coordinated interagency approach to firefighting.
Janet Pearce, Community Outreach & Education, 360-902-1122, firstname.lastname@example.org
Guy Gifford, Northeast Region, 509-990-6218, email@example.com
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