FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 19, 2013
UPDATED: DNR lifts statewide burn ban effective today, September 18
Lower temps, increased precipitation ease fire danger
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that the statewide burn ban on DNR-protected lands has been rescinded. Fire danger is reduced by the recent rainfall and moderating temperatures.
Although the statewide burn ban has been lifted, some areas of the state remain dry and burn bans are still in place in these dry areas. The public is advised to check DNR’s burn risk website at http://bit.ly/nonie or call 1-800-323-BURN for local burning restrictions on DNR-protected lands. DNR urges continued caution with all potential fire sources, including tools, vehicles, camp stoves and other equipment and activities. In areas where local burn restrictions have been removed, forest landowners may conduct silvicultural burning subject to the conditions of their written burning permit or under DNR rules for burning without a permit.
Lifting the statewide burn ban does not prevent local authorities from putting in place burn restrictions in their jurisdictions. Potential burners and the public at large are reminded to check with those local authorities before burning.
In addition, industrial forest operations on DNR-protected lands remain regulated under the requirements of the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) system. Individuals involved in forest operations will need to check for and follow restrictions as they apply to the area in which they intend to work. Information on any such restrictions can be found at: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/RecreationEducation/Topics/FireBurningRegulations/Pages/rp_fire_ifpl.aspx.aspx
DNR’s wildfire mission
Administered by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, 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. Additionally, Department of Corrections’ adult offenders and Department of Social and Health Services-Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration juvenile offenders participate in the DNR correctional camps program. DNR also participates in Washington's coordinated interagency approach to firefighting.
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