July 30, 2014
Fire danger rating increases to very high in Lincoln, Okanogan, Spokane and parts of Stevens counties
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today the following changes in the fire danger rating on DNR-protected lands.
Effective 12:01 a.m. on July 31, 2014:
- Fire danger has increased from ‘high’ to ‘very high’ in Spokane, Okanogan, and northern Lincoln counties, and Fire Districts 1 and 2 in Stevens County.
- Fire danger remains ‘high’ in Ferry and Pend Oreille counties and outside of Fire Districts 1 and 2 in Stevens County.
Daily updates on burn restrictions are available at 1-800-323-BURN or on the Fire Danger and Outdoor Burning risk map at: http://bit.ly/burnrisk
The public also is reminded that individual campgrounds may ban campfires. Check with the campground host before lighting a campfire.
In an effort to reduce human-caused wildfires, DNR issued a statewide burn ban on all DNR-protected lands, effective through September 30, 2014. The ban includes all forestlands in Washington except for federal lands.
Governor Jay Inslee also has issued a burn ban in 20 counties east of the crest of the Cascades, which has been extended until noon Friday, August 1.
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, adult offenders from the Department of Corrections and juvenile offenders from the Department of Social and Health Services-Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration support firefighting efforts through DNR’s 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, Northeast Region Wildfire Specialist, 509-990-6218, email@example.com
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