Information on Wildfires
PLEASE CHECK TO SEE WHAT THE BURN RESTRICTIONS ARE BEFORE LIGHTING ANY FIRE.
During major wildfires, DNR and our wildfire response partners work to ensure you receive accurate information as quickly as possible. The best way to get up-to-date information on wildfires is to follow the #WaWILDFIRE hashtag on Twitter. DNR provides information about wildfires that are notable, due to location or size, on Twitter at @waDNR_fire. Those who don't use Twitter can text 40404 to get DNR tweets delivered to your phone as text messages.
DNR and other wildfire response agencies work collaboratively to provide information about large fires on Inciweb (the Incident Information System) and through the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center (see morning briefings).
Public Information Officers act as an official spokesperson for a wildfire incident and are responsible for keeping the community and media outlets informed of wildfire updates.
Local emergency management offices, such as sheriff departments or local fire districts, order and communicate evacuations when needed and other emergency activities outside of the work to combat wildfire. If you find yourself in a wildfire emergency, always follow the directions of public safety personnel. In an evacuation, use the "P's of Preparedness" to focus your efforts.
Active Wildfires in Washington
Active large wildfires in Washington are shown on the map below. The map from the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center provides information about each active fire, including descriptions of locations, if structures are threatened, current fire activity and containment levels, and the lead agency.
Note: the map is based on the best available data, which can change quickly as wildfires unfold. For the most accurate and/or current perimeter data, contact the agency with jursdiction.
DNR information sources
- Check the DNR Burn Risk Map for current fire danger in your county.
- Use our recreation map and click through to site-specific information on campgrounds or recreation sites closed due to wildfires.
- The cause of a fire being investigated by DNR may be available quickly, or may take several months, depending on complexity.
- Please check burn restrictions before lighting any fire.
Partner information sources
- Washington Military Department, Emergency Management Division
- National Interagency Fire Center, Boise, Idaho
- Washington State Department of Transportation, on Twitter
- Washington State Department of Ecology Smoke Information
Local emergency management contacts
For local details, such as evacuation information, road closures, or donation opportunities, consult with local sheriff and county emergency management services.