Statewide burn ban in effect | Environment
Warm and extremely dry conditions are a dangerous combination in the Inland Northwest; so much so, that the Washington Department of Natural Resources has issued a statewide burn ban.
The ban effects through the end of September for all DNR-protected lands. It includes all forest lands in Washington except for federal lands, which have their own published restrictions.
Campgrounds may have additional burn restrictions in place. Campers should check with their campground host before starting a campfire.
- Campfires are only authorized in approved camp grounds with approved fire rings.
- Never leave a campfire unattended, and be sure it is completely dead out and cold to the touch before leaving the camp site.
- Be aware that common recreational activities can cause fires, such as target shooting, cigarette butts, and trailer chains dragging on concrete.
- Do not park any vehicles in dry, grassy areas, as the heat from exhaust systems can ignite the dry grass.
For tips on protecting your home and family before a wildfire, visit www.firewise.org. Check for fire danger levels by county: http://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/firedanger/BurnRisk.aspx