High fire danger leads to campfire restrictions in Northwest Washington
News Date: 
July 31, 2017
   

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is increasing the fire danger rating to “high” and restricting campfires on DNR-protected lands across northwest Washington.
 
As of midnight tonight, campfires in San Juan, Island, Whatcom, Skagit, and Snohomish counties will only be allowed in campgrounds with approved fire pits and onsite camp hosts. As a result, campfires will be illegal in DNR campgrounds, within these counties, until further notice.
 
Counties and local fire districts may have additional burn restrictions. The restriction does not pertain to federally owned lands such as national forests, national parks, national wildlife refuges or other areas administered by federal agencies.
 
Fires powered by gas stoves and charcoal briquettes are allowed in designated fire pits within state, county, municipal and other campgrounds unless other overlapping fire restrictions prohibit them.
 
Fireworks and incendiary devices, such as exploding targets, sky lanterns, or tracer ammunition, continue to be illegal on all DNR-protected forestlands.
 
Daily updates on burn restrictions are available at 1-800-323-BURN or on DNR’s website at www.dnr.wa.gov/OutdoorBurning.
 
Property owners can reduce fire risk to their homes and lands by keeping dead vegetation off roofs and away from buildings. Keeping trees and bushes near buildings healthy and trimmed can also reduce risk.
 
DNR’s wildfire mission
Administered by Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, 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.
 
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