May 30, 2014
Fire danger rating increases
Restrictions affect Chelan, Kittitas, and Yakima counties
OLYMPIA – Effective today, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that the fire danger has increased to ‘moderate’ in Chelan, Kittitas, and Yakima counties.
Currently, there are no burn bans in effect on forestlands under DNR jurisdiction. Contact your local fire district prior to lighting any fires, as additional restrictions may be in place. The use of burn barrels is illegal.
Daily updates on burn restrictions are available at 1-800-323-BURN or on DNR’s website at www.dnr.wa.gov; then scroll down to ‘burn risk map’ in red, in the left-hand column.
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 homes.
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 1,100 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, 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.
Media Contact: Janet Pearce, Communications Manager, 360-902-1122, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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