Information on Wildfires
Burn ban in effect on DNR-protected lands, Target shooting ban in effect on all DNR landscapes
DNR has banned all outdoor burning on DNR-protected lands statewide. (See the Commissioner's Order from Hilary Franz). Some campfires may still be allowed in approved fire pits within some designated state, county, municipal, other campgrounds. Please check with local authorities before lighting any fire. For specific information, see our news release and list of acceptable and unacceptable burning. In addition, a target shooting ban is in effect on DNR-owned landscapes, see our news release for more information.
Communicating Wildfire Information
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
The Inciweb website provides information on large wildfires burning throughout the nation, including Washington. Click on the map and use the + and - keys to zoom in and out. Or, click the logo or here to link to a full screen version. Click on icons to find current wildfire infomation.
The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center maintains a blog with official fire information. You can also follow them in Twitter at @nwccinfo.
A map from the National Wildfire Coordinating Group also provides basic information, such as jurisdiction, on medium and large active fires. 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.
Information on current DNR wildfires
- Follow @waDNR_fire on Twitter
- Cougar Creek Fire: link to inciweb page, follow on facebook at @cougarcreekfire, 509-664-9210, see location
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
- DNR is using Washington National Gaurd assistance. Follow them on Twitter at @WANationalGuard, or facebook at @washingtongauard.
- 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.