FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 30, 2009
Burn restrictions lifted in Wahkiakum and Pacific Counties
Citizens still encouraged to be fire safe
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in conjunction with officials in Wahkiakum and Pacific Counties, is lifting the seasonal burn restrictions effective 12:01 a.m., Thursday, October 1, 2009.
The recent rainfall has increased large woody fuel moistures, and the extended forecast does not seem to indicate an extended period of hot or windy weather. Fire managers would like to stress that good fire prevention practices are still needed.
The best way to keep fires safe and legal is to follow all of the outdoor burning regulations. The public is reminded to completely extinguish fires until they are dead out and cold to the touch. The use of a burn barrel is illegal.
More information on local fire restrictions
Following is a list of phone numbers to obtain more information on outdoor burning rules by county:
- Wahkiakum County: Contact the Fire Marshal’s Office (360) 795-3067 or Southwest Washington Clean Air Agency at 1-800-633-0709 or visit www.swcleanair.org.
- Pacific County: Contact the Department of Community Development or Olympic Region Clean Air Agency1-800-422-5623 or www.orcaa.org.
- For all silvicultural burning or burning for forestry purposes, call 1-800-323-BURN or visit http://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/firedanger for burning conditions by county. For more specific information, contact the DNR Pacific Cascade Region Office at (360) 577-2025.
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.
Russ Hovey, DNR Pacific Cascade Region, (360) 575-5085, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chuck Beyer, Wahkiakum County Fire Marshal, (360) 795-3067
Michael A. DeSimone, Pacific County, (360) 642-9382 or (360) 875-9356
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