FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 22, 2014
Fire danger rating increases in Pend Oreille County, along with restrictions for people working in the woods
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today the following changes in the fire danger rating and industrial fire precaution levels (IFPL) on DNR-protected lands.
Effective 12:01 a.m. on July 23, 2014, the following fire danger change will be implemented:
- The fire danger will increase from ‘moderate’ to ‘high’ in Pend Oreille County.
Effective 12:01 a.m. on July 23, 2014, the following industrial fire precaution level changes will be implemented:
- Portions of Lincoln, Spokane and Stevens Counties (Zone 686) IFPL will increase to Level 2.
- Portions of Okanogan County (Zone 684) IFPL will increase to Level 3.
The IFPL system
Industrial Fire Precaution Levels apply to all industrial operations that might 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 are required
- Level 2 (partial hoot owl): limits certain activities to between 8 p.m. and 1 p.m.; fire equipment and a fire watch are required
- Level 3 (partial shutdown): prohibits some activities and limits others to between 8 p.m. and 1 p.m.; fire equipment and a fire watch are required
- Level 4 (general shutdown): prohibits all activities
The same system is used by DNR, the U.S. Forest Service, the federal Bureau of Land Management, and the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. This provides consistency for workers operating on lands regulated by the various agencies. For specific information regarding components of the IFPL system, please visit DNR’s website.
Daily updates on burn restrictions are available at 1-800-323-BURN or on the Fire Danger and Outdoor Burning risk map at: http://bit.ly/burnrisk
Remember, there is a burn ban on DNR-protected lands through September 30, 2014.
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.
Media Contact: Janet Pearce, Communications Manager, 360-902-1122, email@example.com
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