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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...
Commissioner Franz, Secretary Laird Unite To Take Forest Health And Climate Change Work Beyond State Borders
Washington, California to Collaborate on Advances in Forest Resilience and Carbon Sequestration    Wednesday, Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz and California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird announced plans to collaborate on... More...
Commissioner Franz Lifts Target Shooting Ban on State-Managed Lands
Wildfire risks continue in some parts of Washington   Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz is lifting the ban on target shooting on state-managed lands on Saturday, September 15, two weeks earlier than anticipated.   “Thank you to our target shooters... More...
Land Purchases will Protect Public Access to Blanchard State
Natural Resources Board actions will help keep funds flowing to Burlington-Edison School District and other public beneficiaries   The state Board of Natural Resources yesterday gave its go-ahead for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to... More...
DNR Announces First Good Neighbor Timber Sale
Harvest aimed at speeding up pace of restoring health of Washington’s forests   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has awarded its first Good Neighbor Authority restoration timber harvest sale. Colville-based Vaagen Brothers Lumber, Inc.... More...
DNR Partners With Navy To Protect Hood Canal
Easement on public aquatic lands safeguards Navy operations and protects Hood Canal’s coastline from development   Today, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and U.S. Navy entered into an agreement that creates a “restrictive easement” along 32 miles of Hood... More...
DNR Fire Engines Get a Second Life Protecting Rural Communities
DNR Transfers 10 Engines to Washington Firefighting Agencies   As part of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) ongoing efforts to strengthen rural fire districts in wildfire-prone areas, the agency has announced the 10 districts and communities... 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...
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...

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