Fire Precaution Levels, Fire Danger Ratings Rising in Eastern Washington
News Date: 
June 17, 2021
   

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and its partners are increasing fire danger rating and Industrial Fire Precaution Levels on DNR-protected lands in eastern Washington as the state’s landscape dries and wildfire risk increases.
 
Statewide drought continues to accelerate fire season timelines, which means Washington residents should continue to practice caution and care when recreating or doing yard work. The best way to avoid a wildfire will always be by not causing a spark.
 
Fire danger will increase in the following Fire Danger Rating Areas effective Friday, June 18th, 2021:
  
  • Fire danger will increase from moderate to high in the following Fire Danger Rating Areas: Valley.
Residents can find their Fire Danger Rating Area online https://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/protection/firedanger/
 
Current Burn restrictions can be found at: https://burnportal.dnr.wa.gov/
 
Industrial Fire Precaution Levels (IFPL) will increase in the following zones effective Tuesday June 22nd, 2021.
  • IFPL will increase to a Level 2 in zones 609E, 609W and 675.
Current IFPL map can be found 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
Current IFPLs, Fire Danger Ratings and Burning restrictions
 
 
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MEDIA CONTACT
Thomas Kyle-Milward
Wildfire Communications Manager
360-529-7184