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DNR campground closures and fire restrictions continue in NE Washington
As a public safety precaution, Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) campgrounds at Leader Lake and Rock Creek will remain closed because of damage caused by the Okanogan Complex fire. The Rock Creek picnic area will also remain closed.   Burned-out... More...
DNR easing burn ban west of the Cascades: Burn ban to continue in eastern Washington
With cooler, wetter weather conditions in areas west of the Cascades, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is lifting the ban on outdoor burning on DNR-protected lands in western Washington, effective today.   “The fall weather pattern has... More...
Share your thoughts on DNR trails policy: DNR proposes a path to improved trail management, development
Are you interested in how state lands should be managed for trail-based recreation?  The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is inviting residents to comment on a draft policy that will guide the future development of recreation trails on DNR-managed... More...
DNR to permit campfires west of Cascades: Campfires to be allowed in approved fire-pits on the west side
Recent rains and cooler temperatures will allow the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to permit campfires west of the Cascade Mountains, effective Saturday, September 5, the agency reported today.   Campfires will be permitted only in... More...
Federal court dismisses claim against DNR-Navy easement: Hood Canal land deal aimed at preserving precious aquatic environment
A federal judge in Tacoma dismissed Wednesday a lawsuit that had challenged an easement agreement between the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the U.S. Navy to conserve aquatic bedlands and tidelands in Hood Canal.   Judge Benjamin Settle... More...
Board authorizes trust land purchase near Dabob Bay: Forested parcel will support statewide public school construction
Today at its monthly public meeting, the state Board of Natural Resources authorized the purchase of 1,310 acres of working forest 23 miles southwest of Sequim. When the $3.96 million transaction is complete, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will... More...
Firefighter Heroes Remembered
On Sunday, August 30, the wildland fire community and the people of Washington will pay tribute to three U.S. Forest Service firefighters who perished August 19 while working on the Twisp River fire in Okanogan County.   For information about the memorial service in... More...
DNR to end staffing of volunteer-intake centers: Firefighting volunteers begin deployment and provide support in communities hit by wildfire
After processing thousands of inquiries over the past week, coordinators from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources have placed trained volunteers and equipment operators on rosters, directed other volunteers to community service opportunities and deployed some... More...
Injured DNR firefighters recovering
Two Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wildland firefighters, who were injured on Aug. 19 as they fought a fire near Twisp, are recuperating. DNR employee Donald Smith was treated and released the day of the incident, while Reed Callis was kept overnight... More...
State warns public: Take every precaution during severe wildfire emergency: Critical fire weather conditions expected to continue through weekend
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is warning the public to be extremely cautious and take every available precaution to protect their families, their pets, and their most treasured possessions from wildfires during the current emergency conditions. All... More...
DNR to close eastern Washington forests to industrial activities due to fire danger
For what’s believed to be the first time in more than twenty years, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is acting to shut down all industrial forest activities across almost all of eastern Washington’s forested areas.   The move to a Level 4... More...
Board of Natural Resources considers future timber harvest goals
The Board of Natural Resources yesterday opted to develop a plan to work through a backlog of timber that was not harvested as scheduled from state-owned forests in western Washington under a 2005-2014 planning cycle known as the sustainable harvest calculation. At the same... More...
Officials Confirm Three Firefighter Fatalities
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest (OWNF) and Washington Department of Natural Resources (WA DNR) officials are deeply saddened to confirm the fatalities of three U.S. Forest Service firefighters from the OWNF this afternoon.   Next of kin notifications are being... More...
DNR calls on National Guard for help in attacking wildfire: Guard helicopters and fire crews heading to Cougar Creek
As the season’s worst fire conditions continue in eastern Washington and nine large fires burn uncontained across the state, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has requested assistance from the Washington National Guard.   Two National Guard... More...
Board of Natural Resources to meet Tuesday, August 18
The state Board of Natural Resources will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. The meeting is open to the public. The board meets 11 times a year on the first Tuesday of each month, with the option of holding an additional meeting in August.   Who:   ... More...
Wildfires across Washington and the West stretching firefighting resources: Firefighters hope for drop in human-caused fires
The Coulee Hite fire, currently burning northwest of Spokane, started August 8. Photo courtesy of Fire Chief Nick Scharff, Spokane Fire District 10 Five uncontained large fires in Washington, along with numerous smaller fires, mean firefighting resources are now... More...
New members appointed to Teanaway Community Forest Advisory Committee
The Washington departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) have appointed five new members to the Teanaway Community Forest Advisory Committee to help the agencies implement the recently created forest management plan.   The committee played... More...
Fire danger rating on the rise in northeast Washington: New restrictions for people working in the woods
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today the following changes in the fire danger rating and industrial fire precaution levels (IFPL).   Effective 12:01 a.m. on August 5, 2015: Fire danger has increased from ‘very high’ to ‘... More...
Worst wildfire weather so far this summer arrives today: record temperatures and dry landscape heighten fire danger
OLYMPIA - The most dangerous wildfire weather of the year has arrived today in Washington, with crackling-dry forests and grasslands, soaring temperatures and increased probability of multiple large fires from now through the middle of next week, according to wildfire experts... More...
State Committee on Geographic Names seeks public’s input on proposed changes before next meeting: Residents’ proposals seek new names for geographic features in Grays Harbor, Jefferson, and Pierce...
The Washington State Committee on Geographic Names is seeking public input on proposals to change the names of three geographic features in Washington state. Proposed changes receiving the committee’s approval will advance to the Board of Natural Resources, acting as the... More...