FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 24, 2013
Fire danger rating and burning restrictions drop in parts of northeast Washington
Lower temps, increased precipitation ease fire danger
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that the fire danger rating and burning restrictions have been lowered in northeast Washington on DNR-protected lands. Fire danger is reduced by recent rainfall and moderating temperatures.
Effective 12:01 a.m., September 24, 2013, the fire danger rating dropped to ‘moderate,’ and permit and rule burning are allowed in:
- Stevens County, inside Fire Districts 1 and 2
- Spokane County
Permit and rule burning are allowed in Ferry, Lincoln, and Okanogan counties, and Stevens County outside Fire Districts 1 and 2, where the fire danger rating remains ‘moderate.’
People are reminded to follow the conditions of their burning permit. Also, please be careful when burning by following these simple steps:
- Put a fire break around your fire.
- Do not leave the fire unattended.
- Put the fire completely out every night.
- If wind speeds increase, put out your fire.
- Check before burning by calling 1-800-323-BURN or visiting www.dnr.wa.gov for current burning conditions.
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.
Janet Pearce, Communications Manager, 360-902-1122, firstname.lastname@example.org
Guy Gifford, DNR’s NE Region, 509-990-6218, email@example.com
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