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Fire Protection

WDNR Eases Campfire Restrictions

With rain and cooler temperatures easing fire danger across Washington, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is lifting campfire restrictions for recreational use. Effective 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, campfires will be allowed in approved fire pits in designated campgrounds Washington lands protected by DNR. Because forests and rangelands remain dry from the summer’s low precipitation totals, other forms of outdoor burning, such as debris burning, remain prohibited under the burn ban ordered by Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz. “We’re thankful to have rain help wet our landscapes, but as we saw with a quick moving...

Forest Service spends record $2B battling forest fires

WASHINGTON (AP) — The US Forest Service has spent more than $2 billion on fire protection while battling forest fires around the country — a record as wildfires blacken the American West in one of the nation’s worst fire seasons. Wildfires have ravaged the West this summer with 64 large fires burning across 10 states as of Thursday, including 21 fires in Montana and 18 in Oregon. In all, 48,607 wildfires have burned nearly 13,000 square miles (33,586 square kilometers). The fires have stretched firefighting resources, destroyed more than 500 homes and triggered health alerts as choking smoke drifted...

Washington DNR Bans All Outdoor Burning

  With multiple fires burning on the landscape and communities suffering from dense layers of smoke, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has expanded its burn ban to cover the entire state. “Wildfire and smoke is affecting every community around the state as we see the hot, dry summer take its toll on our forests,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz. “Without any relief from this weather in the foreseeable future and with our firefighters spread across the Northwest, we can no longer allow outdoor burning anywhere in Washington.” The Washington State Department of Natural Resources...

State Officials Warn of Increased Wildfire Risks

With the Labor Day holiday weekend fast approaching, the WA State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is urging everyone to please take responsibility for their actions when playing or working outdoors. Fire danger rating for Grays Harbor County is High Effective 12:01 A.M. Friday, July 14th, 2017, The Grays Harbor County Fire Marshals’ Office, Fire Districts and Fire Departments will be enacting restrictions on outdoor burning. All residential burning, along with land clearing burning will be prohibited in Grays Harbor until further notice. Statewide: Effective August 2, 2017 at 12:01 A.M. fire restrictions are enacted on all WA State...