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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...
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...
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...
Chopaka Road to Close for Three Months
Road closure will start Thursday to accommodate forest management operations in the area    The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the temporary closure of nine miles of Chopaka Road near the Loomis State Forest. The closure... More...
DNR Implements Stevens County Target Shooting Restrictions Due to Dry Conditions
The temporary Stevens County closures will take effect starting Saturday, June 12    Due to dry conditions, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), working in conjunction with Stevens County, is temporarily closing two parcels of state land to... More...
Fire Danger Increases, Driving Up More Burn Restrictions in Eastern Washington
Possible high winds, low humidity could also reignite old debris piles   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and its partners are expanding burn restrictions on DNR-protected lands in eastern Washington as the state’s landscape dries and... More...
DNR to Purchase 6 Forested Parcels in Wahkiakum County
185 acres will be managed to produce revenue for county government; 81 acres will support K-12 school construction across Washington state      The Washington State Department of Natural Resources will purchase 266 acres of forestland in Wahkiakum County... More...
DNR, RBAW Conservancy to Renovate Historic Lakebay Marina
Partnership will preserve public asset, ensure quality services and facilities at historic marina with $1.7 million in funding from Legislature   The historic Lakebay Marina in Mayo Cove near the Pierce County community of Lakebay will be acquired and preserved for... More...
Expanded Burn Restrictions as Fire Danger Increases in Eastern Washington
Dry fuels, warm temps increase fire danger   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in cooperation with partner agencies, is adding new burn restrictions on DNR-protected lands in eastern Washington. The new restrictions are a response to... More...
Fire Danger Increases in Portions of Eastern Washington
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in cooperation with partner agencies, has increased the fire danger rating in the Valley Fire Danger Rating Area (FDRA). The new restriction is a response to increasing fire danger and an increase in fires caused by... More...
Improvements Start Temporary Closure of Chopaka Road
Road work will start May 12 to widen and improve the existing road grade to improve access The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the temporary closure to nine miles of Chopaka Road near the Loomis State Forest. The closure will begin... More...
Washington 100: Geotourism Website
Washington Rocks: New DNR Geotourism Website Helps People Explore State’s Geology    From its craggy coastlines to its icy volcanic peaks, Washington is home to some of the world’s most stunning geology.   A new website published today by the... More...
Annual Forest Health Highlights Report Illustrates Challenges Facing Washington Forests
Interagency aerial survey flights canceled for first time since 1947 due to COVID-19   Washington’s forests continue to face an array of challenges brought on by an increasingly dry climate and the consequences of past forest management practices, according to the... More...
Commissioner Franz Kicks Off ‘Wildfire Ready Neighbors’ in Spokane County to Help Protect Homes, Properties Through Community Action
Initiative connects residents with experts and resources in order to prepare communities for wildfire season   Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz was in Elk today to kick off a new, collaborative effort between the Washington State Department of Natural... More...
Burn Restrictions Ease in Portions of Eastern Washington
Recent rains allow for easing of some burn restrictions   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in cooperation with partner agencies, is easing some burn restrictions on DNR-protected lands in eastern Washington. Following recent rains, burn... More...