FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 13, 2009
Fire precaution level for woods workers is lowered in parts of Stevens, Ferry and Pend Oreille Counties
Burning restrictions still in effect in northeast Washington
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) is decreasing in parts of northeast Washington.
The IFPL in zones 678E, 685, 687 and 688 is moving from a Level II to a Level I, effective 12:01 a.m., Thursday, August 13, 2009. This fire precaution level will allow those operating equipment, including chainsaws, in the woods to work during more hours of the day.
The IFPL in zones 678E, 684, and 686 remain at Level II. These restrictions limit most forest industrial activities to between 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. only.
Those using chainsaws in the forest, including cutting firewood, must follow certain rules:
- Chainsaws must have approved, working exhaust systems.
- A one-hour fire watch must follow the last use of a chainsaw.
- A fire extinguisher, containing at least 8 ounces of retardant, must be in the immediate vicinity of where the chainsaw is used.
- A shovel must be retrievable in two minutes or less.
The fire danger rating for all of Okanogan County will remain at the ‘very high’ level. This means that all outdoor burning, including campfires, is prohibited on DNR-protected lands in Okanogan County.
Fire danger ratings for Spokane, Lincoln, Stevens, Ferry, and Pend Oreille Counties will remain at the ‘high’ level, which prohibits all burning on DNR-protected lands, except for campfires in approved campgrounds.
DNR’s wildfire mission
Administered by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, DNR is responsible for preventing and fighting wildfires on 12.7 million acres of private, state, and tribal-owned forestlands in Washington. DNR is the state’s largest on-call fire department. During fire season, this includes more than 700 DNR employees who have other permanent jobs with the agency and about 375 seasonal workers. DNR also participates in Washington’s coordinated interagency approach to firefighting.
Media Contact: Guy Gifford, DNR NE Region, 509-990-6218, firstname.lastname@example.org .
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