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Franz Enacts Statewide DNR Burn Ban
Prompted by increased fire danger due to prolonged drought, increased temperatures and winds, the order bans all outdoor burning on all forest lands under DNR fire protection, including campfires   With fire danger increasing ahead of the Fourth of July weekend,... More...
DNR to Reopen Eastern Washington Lands as Extreme Wildfire Danger Lessens
As improved weather signals the end of peak wildfire conditions,  DNR resources and strategic response prove key to overcoming challenging season   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reopening its lands east of the Cascades to public... More...
DNR Awards Largest Batch of ‘Building Forest Partnership’ Grants in Program History
Grants will help advance forest health work in priority landscapes across Washington   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has awarded nine organizations in Washington $425,000 in grant funding to help increase the health and resilience of... More...
Franz Asks for Public’s Help to Prevent Wildfires During Labor Day Weekend
Commissioner Franz asked residents to avoid starting outdoor fires, follow statewide burn bans and act quickly when spotting smoke   Last Labor Day, more than 500,000 acres burned in just 36 hours   Today, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz asked... More...
DNR Enters Partnership with Latino and Wildfire Community Leaders to Support Wildfire Preparedness
The partnership between DNR, Washington Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network, Latino Community Fund, and other local organizations will support more-inclusive community-resilience work, with an emphasis on building capacity in Latino communities   On Wednesday,... More...
Commissioner Franz Calls on Federal Agencies to Require COVID-19 Vaccinations for Wildland Firefighters
DNR is taking immediate steps to make vaccines available at fire camps to facilitate vaccination of firefighters in Washington   Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, leader of Washington state’s wildfire fighting force, today called on the federal Departments of... More...
Commissioner Franz Visits Sherwood Fire Amidst Unprecedented Wildfire Season
Franz joined Spokane Tribal leadership to double-down on DNR’s commitment to combating the wildfire crisis and keep communities safe Yesterday, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz visited Wellpinit, where firefighting crews have been battling the Sherwood Fire since last... More...
DNR and Forest Service Resume Aerial Survey Flights to Monitor Forest Health Conditions
Flights covering more than 20 million acres were grounded in 2020 due to pandemic restrictions   Forest scientists from the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service returned to the skies this week to... More...
Fire Danger Ratings, Industrial Fire Precaution Levels Rise In Eastern Washington
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and its partners are increasing Fire Danger Ratings (FDRs) and Industrial Fire Precaution Levels (IFPLs) on DNR-protected lands in parts of eastern Washington. Effective 12:01 a.m., Friday, July 23: Fire danger... More...
WSU Extension, DNR Offer New Online Classes to Follow Up Award-Winning 2020 Webinars
Free classes include managing noxious weeds, creating wildlife habitat, and a statewide recap of forest health highlights   Washington State University Extension Forestry and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources are again teaming up to offer a series... More...
DNR Closes Eastern Washington Lands to Recreation Due to Extreme Fire Danger
All DNR-managed lands east of the Cascades will be temporarily closed to the public starting Friday     Today, while visiting the Red Apple Fire, Commissioner Franz announced that, due to extreme fire danger and ongoing drought, the Washington State Department of... More...
Fire Danger Ratings Rise In More Parts of Eastern Washington
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and its partners are increasing Fire Danger Ratings and Industrial Fire Precaution Levels on DNR-protected lands in parts of eastern Washington.   Effective Friday, July 16:   Fire danger will... More...
Public Hearing Set for Proposed State Land Transaction in Jefferson County
The Dabob Bay Inter-Trust Exchange would allow DNR to move 820 acres of forestland into conservation through a Trust Land Transfer      The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is planning a public presentation and hearing July 26 in Quilcene to... More...
Fire Danger Ratings Rise In Parts of Eastern Washington
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and its partners are increasing Fire Danger Ratings and Industrial Fire Precaution Levels on DNR-protected lands in parts of eastern Washington.   Effective Friday, July 9: Fire danger will increase from... More...
Commissioner Franz Appoints New Policy Director & Chief Resilience Officer
Marissa Aho is the former Chief Resilience Officer for the cities of Houston and Los Angeles   Today, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced the hire of Marissa Aho as its new Policy Director and Chief Resilience Officer.   Previously, Aho... More...
Commissioner Franz Appoints Sarah Ford as Communications Director
Ford, a veteran of high-profile communications operations, including two presidential campaigns, will lead the DNR communications team Today, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced the hire of Sarah Ford as Communications Director. Prior to joining DNR, Ford... More...
DNR Firefighter Injured During Koffman Road Fire
On Sunday, June 27, a DNR firefighter was injured while fighting the Koffman Road Fire in Kittitas County. The firefighter was transported to receive medical care Sunday evening. The injuries are serious, but not life threatening, and the firefighter is in stable condition.... More...
DNR Warns of Statewide Weekend Fire Danger, Implements New Burn Restrictions
As temperatures around the state continue to climb and weather forecasts project historic heat on the horizon, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is urging residents to avoid starting outdoor fires. DNR is also increasing the fire danger ratings and... More...
DNR Warns of Statewide Weekend Fire Danger, Implements New Burn Restrictions
As temperatures around the state continue to climb and weather forecasts project historic heat on the horizon, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is urging residents to avoid starting outdoor fires. DNR is also increasing the fire danger ratings and... More...
Fire Precaution Levels, Fire Danger Ratings Rising in Eastern Washington
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and its partners are increasing fire danger rating and Industrial Fire Precaution Levels on DNR-protected lands in eastern Washington as the state’s landscape dries and wildfire risk increases.   Statewide... More...

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