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Effective Aug. 2, DNR Bans Outdoor Burning Statewide
Some campfires still allowed, check local restrictions before lighting any fire   Ninety-six percent of the state is experiencing drought-like conditions, which means a high risk of wildfires. In response, Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz is instituting a... More...
Campfires Banned on DNR-Protected Lands Across Eastern Washington
Hot and dry weather continues As of Friday, August 17, campfires are banned on all lands protected from wildfire by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) east of the Cascades.   This ban joins many other jurisdictions that have also prohibited campfires.... More...
DNR Prepares To Engage Wildfire On Ketron Island Caused By Plane Crash
The Department of Natural Resources – the state’s largest wildfire fighting force – has jurisdiction for wildfire protection on Ketron Island.   When the Horizon Air Q400 plane crashed on Ketron Island last night, it resulted in a small wildfire, which is currently... More...
Fire Danger Ratings, Precaution Levels Increase in Northeast Washington
Effective Monday, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will make the following fire danger rating and industrial fire precaution level changes (IFPL) on DNR-protected lands.   Effective Monday, Aug. 13, 2018: Fire danger will increase to... More...
Bark Beetles Attacking Drought-Stressed Douglas-fir Trees Across Washington
DNR Forest Health Experts Offer Advice   Washington residents have reported uncharacteristically high numbers of dead and dying Douglas-fir trees to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) this spring and summer. The culprits: drought and bark... More...
Fire Danger Ratings, Precaution Levels Increase in Northeast Washington
Effective Monday, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will make the following fire danger rating and industrial fire precaution level changes (IFPL) on DNR-protected lands.   Effective Monday, Aug. 6, 2018: Fire danger will increase to a... More...
DNR Temporarily Bans Target Shooting on State-Managed Lands Statewide
Fire Danger High Across Washington   In order to help prevent wildfires, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is temporary banning all target shooting on 3 million acres of DNR-managed lands. This includes state forests, community forests, and forested state... More...
As Wildfires Erupt Across Washington, DNR Utilizes National Guard
Fire season is stretching state resources thin. To date, the Department of Natural Resources – the state’s largest firefighting force – has responded to 891 fires that have burned 113,000 acres (for context, DNR responded to 853 fires in all of 2017).   Wildfires... More...
Fire Danger and Fire Precaution Level Increases in Southeast Washington
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today the following changes in fire danger rating and industrial fire precaution levels (IFPL) on DNR-protected lands.   Effective Friday, July 27, 2018: Fire danger will increase to extreme... More...
Fire Precaution Levels to Increase in Northeast Washington
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today the following changes in industrial fire precaution levels (IFPL) on DNR-protected lands.   Effective Friday July 27, 2018: IFPL will increase to a Level 2 in zones 678W.... More...
New Washington State Dewatto Conservation Area Proposed
DNR Hosts Public Hearing Aug. 6 in Belfair   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a public hearing on a proposed new natural resources conservation area in the Hood Canal area.   The proposed Dewatto Natural Resources... More...
Popular DNR Parcel Closed to Shooting During Elevated Fire Danger
“Stonelodge” site near Suncrest closed   Due to high fire danger, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), working with Stevens County, has temporarily closed a portion of state land to shooting.    Closure of the state parcel,... More...
More than 7,000 Acres of Forest Land Protected in Puget Sound
Conservation easement will assure public recreation access while protecting a working forest from development   The Trust for Public Land, Green Diamond Resource Company and Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced they have permanently... More...
Fire Danger and Fire Precaution Level Increases in Northeast Washington
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today the following changes in fire danger rating and industrial fire precaution levels (IFPL) on DNR-protected lands.   Effective Wednesday, July 11, 2018: Fire danger will increase from low... More...
Additional Burn Restrictions in Parts of Eastern Washington July 6
No burn piles in Stevens, Ferry, and Pend Oreille counties   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in cooperation with partnering agencies, is implementing the following changes in burn restrictions on DNR-protected lands. Check with local... More...
Geoduck Tariffs Prompt DNR to Offer Refunds to Harvesters
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering financial relief to geoduck harvesters who successfully bid to harvest the state’s wild geoduck.   “Our state’s aquatic lands, and the working men and women who depend on them, are unnecessary... More...
New Maps Show Cascadia Tsunami Impacts for Anacortes, Bellingham
Study shows waves that will arrive 1.5 hours after Cascadia quake   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) published today new maps showing the likely impacts to communities on the north Salish Sea mainland from a tsunami generated by a magnitude... More...
Celebrate Independence from Wildfires this Fourth of July
DNR has responded to 470 wildfires so far in 2018 With the arrival of summer temperatures and the Fourth of July holiday, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is urging people to be cautious of rising fire danger. Those celebrating should be especially... More...
Burn Restrictions Rise in Southwest Washington July 1
Debris burning illegal in Lewis, Skamania, Clark and Cowlitz counties   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in coordinating with Lewis, Skamania, Clark and Cowlitz counties, is implementing burn restrictions as the fire danger rises to... More...
Public Lands Commissioner Visiting Communities for Wildfire and Forest Health Town Halls
Yakima, Chelan and Spokane events June 26, 27 and 28 Fire season has begun, and Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz is hosting three Town Hall outreach events to make sure communities are prepared and engaged. The events are scheduled in Yakima (June 26), Chelan (... More...

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