Burn Restrictions Ease in Portions of Eastern Washington
News Date: 
April 29, 2021
   

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 restrictions will be eased in some areas.
 
DNR is still asking the public to avoid lighting outdoor fires when possible.
 
Changes to burn restrictions in the Northeast Region effective Friday, April 30, 2021:
  • Permit burns (written burn permits issued by DNR) will be allowed in the following Fire Danger Rating Areas: Foothills and Upper Basin.
  • Rule burns (small debris burns) and campfires will be allowed in the following Fire Danger Rating Area: Highlands.
Visit burnportal.dnr.wa.gov to view burn restrictions effective in a particular area.
 
Check to find your Fire Danger Rating Area at https://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/protection/firedanger/
 
The best way to be certain a burn pile fully extinguished is to dig into the ash and feel the area with the back of your hand to make sure there is no heat left. It is common for rain to create a cap over the ash, with heat remaining inside. Winds can weaken the cap and allow the pile to reignite. Campfires should be doused with water and stirred until all coals are completely extinguished and is cool to the touch.
 
A misdemeanor citation will be issued to those who do not comply with a DNR burn restriction. A misdemeanor citation will also be issued for people who do not follow the rules and conditions of their burn permits. If proven negligent, the offender will be billed for the fire suppression costs.
 
Daily updates on burn restrictions and Industrial Fire Precaution Levels are available at 1-800-323-BURN or on the Fire Danger and Outdoor Burning risk map at https://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/protection/firedanger/ and Industrial Fire Precaution Levels map https://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/protection/ifpl/
 
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MEDIA CONTACT
Janet Pearce
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360-688-3047 (cell)
janet.pearce@dnr.wa.gov