Burn Restrictions in Parts of Eastern Washington
June 6, 2019
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 jurisdictions for additional restrictions.
Effective 12:01 a.m. June 7, 2019:
>> Rule burning and small debris disposal fires are not allowed in Kaniksu, Highlands, Upper Basin and Foothills Fire Danger Rating Areas.
>> Written burn permits burning will also no longer be allowed in Kaniksu, Highlands, Upper Basin and Foothills Fire Danger Rating Areas.
Campfires may be allowed in Approved Designated Camp Grounds. Always check with local campground hosts before lighting a campfire.
New Fire Danger Rating System
In Eastern Washington, a new fire danger rating system has been implemented. Instead of basing the fire danger rating by county, it is now based on geographic areas that share similar fuels, climate, and topography in addition to administrative boundaries and is now called Fire Danger Rating Areas (FDRA’s). This change was developed with the intent of having a common fire behavior component, and was developed through interagency collaboration and to help clarify messages with multiple agencies.
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/.
DNR’s wildfire mission
Administered by Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, DNR is responsible for preventing and fighting wildfires on 13 million acres of private, state and tribal-owned forestlands. DNR is the state’s largest on-call fire department, with more than 1,000 employees trained and available to be dispatched to fires as needed. During fire season, this includes more than 700 DNR employees who have other permanent jobs with the agency and about 400 seasonal employees hired for firefighting duties.
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Fire Prevention Forester, Northeast Region