Fire Precaution Level Rises in Northeast Washington
News Date: 
July 12, 2019
   

Caution needed with spark emitting equipment in the woods

 
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today the following changes in industrial fire precaution levels (IFPL) on DNR-protected lands.
 
Effective Monday, July 15, 2019, at 12:01 a.m.:
  • IFPL increases to a level 2 in zone 684.
  • IFPL remains a level 2 in zones 609E and 675.
  • IFPL remains a level 1 in all other zones in eastern Washington.
 
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
Led 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 land. DNR is the state’s largest wildfire fighting force.
 
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MEDIA CONTACTS
Janet Pearce
Communications Manager
360-902-1122
 
Guy Gifford
Fire Prevention Forester,
DNRs Northeast Region
509-990-6218 (cell)