Fire Danger Increases in Parts of Eastern Washington
News Date: 
June 13, 2018
   

Burn restrictions to be implemented

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in cooperation with partnering agencies, is implementing the following changes in the fire danger rating and burn restrictions on DNR-protected lands. Check with local jurisdictions for additional restrictions.
 
Effective 12:01 a.m. June 15, 2018:
  • Fire Danger Rating will increase to Moderate in Okanogan, Lincoln, Spokane, and the areas within Stevens County Fire Districts 1 and 2.
  • Rule burning, small debris disposal fires, are not allowed in Okanogan, Lincoln, Spokane, and the areas within Stevens County Fire Districts 1 and 2.
  • Written burn permits burning also will no longer be allowed in Okanogan, Lincoln, Spokane, and areas within Stevens County Fire District 1 and 2.
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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MEDIA CONTACTS
Janet Pearce
Communications Manager
360-902-1122
360-688-3047 (cell)
janet.pearce@dnr.wa.gov
 
Guy Gifford
Fire Prevention Forester, Northeast Region
509-990-6218 (cell)