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Fire danger rating increases to ‘high’ in Okanogan County 
 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
                                                                                                         
July 18, 2013                                                                                                                   

Fire danger rating increases to ‘high’ in Okanogan County

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today the following status updates in fire danger rating for the listed counties. 

Effective at 12:01 a.m. July 19, 2013, the following change will be implemented:

  • Okanogan County will change from ‘moderate’ to ‘high’ fire danger.
  • Ferry and Pend Oreille counties and Stevens County, outside of Fire Districts 1 and 2, will remain ‘moderate.’
  • Lincoln, Spokane and Stevens counties, inside Fire Districts 1 & 2, will remain ‘high.’

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.

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.

Additionally, DNR would like to remind people who work in the forest environment to be mindful of industrial fire precaution levels. As the weather continues to stay hot and dry, these precaution levels may change, resulting in additional restrictions for working in the woods. Please contact the DNR region office nearest you for additional information.

With fire season here, homeowners are encouraged to take Firewise steps to decrease the risk of their home being lost in a wildfire.  Go to www.firewise.org for wildfire prevention tips.

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.

Media Contacts:
Janet Pearce, Communications Manager, 360-902-1122, janet.pearce@dnr.wa.gov  
Matt Ugaldea, Landowner Assistance Forester, 509-496-2314, matthew.ugaldea@dnr.wa.gov  

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