FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 2, 2013
High fire danger rating in Spokane, Lincoln and portions of Stevens County
Moderate rating in Okanogan, Pend Oreille and Ferry counties
OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today the following changes in fire danger rating and burn restrictions on DNR-protected lands.
Effective midnight, July 2, 2013, the following changes will be implemented:
- In Spokane and Lincoln counties and Fire Districts 1 and 2 in Stevens County, the fire danger rating will increase from ‘moderate’ to ‘high.’
- In Okanogan and Pend Oreille counties, the fire danger will increase from ‘low’ to ‘moderate.’
Effective midnight, July 5, 2013, the following changes will be implemented:
- Ferry County and Stevens County, outside of Fire Districts 1 & 2, will increase to ‘moderate.’
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, 2013, through September 30, 2013. 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.
With fire season upon us, homeowners are encouraged to take Firewise steps (go to www.firewise.org) to decrease the risk of wildfire destroying their home.
Also, DNR provides technical and financial assistance to landowners to help in thinning trees to reduce fire hazard and increase forest health. For more information call the Northeast Region office at (509) 684-7474.
DNR’s wildfire mission
Administered by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, DNR is responsible for preventing and fighting wildfires on 13 million acres of private, state and tribal-owned forestlands. DNR is the state’s largest on-call fire department, with more than 1,000 employees trained and available to be dispatched to fires as needed. During fire season, this includes more than 700 DNR employees who have other permanent jobs with the agency and about 400 seasonal employees hired for firefighting duties. Additionally, adult offenders from the Department of Corrections and juvenile offenders from the Department of Social and Health Services-Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration support firefighting efforts through DNR’s Correctional Camps Program. DNR also participates in Washington's coordinated interagency approach to firefighting.
Janet Pearce, Communications Manager, 360-902-1122, firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Ugaldea, Landowner Assistance Forester, 509-496-2314, email@example.com
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