Fire Precaution Level, Burn Restrictions Expand in Eastern Washington
News Date: 
July 9, 2020
   

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 10, 2020:
  • Small debris disposal fires (rule burning) are not allowed in Chelan, Foothills, Highlands, Kaniksu, Lower Basin, Lower Yakima, Methow, Upper Basin, Upper Yakima, and Valley Fire Danger Rating Areas.
     
  • No burning allowed (written burn permits issued by DNR are suspended) in Chelan, Foothills, Highlands, Kaniksu, Lower Basin, Lower Yakima, Methow, Upper Basin, Upper Yakima, and Valley Fire Danger Rating Areas.
Effective Tuesday, July 14, 2020:
  • IFPL will increase to a Level 2 in zone 684.
     
  • IFPL will remain a Level 1 in zones 609E, 609W, 675, 678, 678E, 678W, 680, 685, 686, 687, and 688.
Fire danger ratings remain unchanged.
  • Fire danger rating remains low in the Kaniksu Fire Danger Rating Area (FDRA).
     
  • Fire danger rating remains moderate in the Foothills, Highlands, and Upper Basin Fire Danger Rating Areas (FDRA).
     
  • Fire danger rating remains high in the Lower Basin, Lower Yakima, Methow, Upper Yakima, and Valley Fire Danger Rating Areas (FDRA).
Campfires may be allowed in designated campgrounds. Always check with local campground hosts before lighting a campfire. And, always make sure campfires are completely out before leaving them unattended – if it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave. Counties and local jurisdiction may have additional restrictions. 
 
Daily updates on burn restrictions are available at 1-800-323-BURN (2876) or on the Fire Danger and Outdoor Burning risk map at https://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/protection/firedanger/ and IFPL map at http://www.dnr.wa.gov/ifpl.
 
The IFPL system
Industrial Fire Precaution Levels apply to all industrial operations that might cause a fire on or adjacent to lands protected from fire by DNR ( WAC 332-24-301 ); this applies to logging, industrial and forest landowner operations.
 
The levels are established for each of the 38 “shutdown zones” in the state on the basis of National Fire Danger Rating System data.
 
There are four IFPL levels:
  • Level 1 (closed fire season):  fire equipment and a fire watch are required
  • Level 2 (partial hoot owl):  limits certain activities to between 8 p.m. and 1 p.m.; fire equipment and a fire watch are required
  • Level 3 (partial shutdown):  prohibits some activities and limits others to between 8 p.m. and 1 p.m.; fire equipment and a fire watch are required
  • Level 4 (general shutdown):  prohibits all activities

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 and participates in Washington's coordinated interagency approach to firefighting.
 
MEDIA CONTACTS
Janet Pearce
Communications Manager
Cell: 360-902-1122
janet.pearce@dnr.wa.gov
 
Thomas Kyle-Milward
Communications Manager
Cell: 360-529-7184