FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 19, 2012
Industrial operations are shut down for people working in the woods
Portions of King, Pierce, and Mason counties affected
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that, effective today, the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) has been increased to Level 4 in parts of King, Pierce, and Mason counties. This went into effective September 19, 2012, at 12:01am.
All operations are prohibited for people working in the woods for the following areas (map):
- Portions of the western slopes of the Cascades in King and Pierce counties are shut down until further notice (Zones 659N)
- Portions of Mason County on the southeast slopes of the Olympic mountain range are shut down until further notice (Zone 652SE)
The IFPL system
- Industrial Fire Precaution Level applies to all industrial operations that may cause a fire on or adjacent to lands protected from fire by DNR (WAC 332-24-301); this applies to logging and other industrial operations.
- The Levels are established for each of 38 “shutdown zones” in the state on the basis of National Fire Danger Rating System data.
- There are four IFPL levels:
Level 1 (closed fire season): fire equipment and a fire watch is required
Level 2 (partial hoot owl): limits certain activities to between 8 pm and 1 pm; fire equipment and a fire watch is required
Level 3 (partial shutdown): prohibits some activities and limits others to between 8 pm and 1 pm; fire equipment and a fire watch is required
Level 4 (general shutdown): prohibits all activities
The same system is used by DNR, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Indian Affairs. This provides consistency for workers operating on lands regulated by the different agencies. For specific information regarding components of the IFPL system, please visit DNR’s website.
The IFPL Hotline is also updated each afternoon around 5 pm. The hotline’s automated system will give the precautionary level (IFPL) for your desired work zone. The number is: 1-800-527-3305
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.
DNR burn ban still in effect in Western Washington
The Governor has issued a burn ban for all counties east of the crest of the Cascades until midnight, September 24, 2012. For both sides of the Cascades, DNR has issued a statewide burn ban on all DNR-protected lands; thee ban currently in effect through September 30, 2012, and 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.
Media Contacts: Janet Pearce, Communications Manager, 360-902-1122, firstname.lastname@example.org
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