Washington DNR burn ban adjusted
UPDATE: As of Friday, Aug. 15 thanks to rain and wet weather in Western Washington, the DNR burn ban has been adjusted.
"Recreational campfires will be permitted in established fire rings in official campgrounds on DNR-protected lands west of the Cascade crest," said the agency in a press release.
The Washington Department of Natural Resources has expanded the statewide burn ban to include all outdoor burning on all DNR-protected lands.
As of Monday, Aug. 11, the agency said because of increased fire danger and continuing hot weather, the risk for fires was too great.
“All indicators are that we’ll continue to have high heat, low humidity, and storm systems with winds and lightning. That means huge potential for wildfires,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark in a press release. “We need to do everything we can to minimize danger to people, homes and habitat.”
The ban includes all recreational fires in campgrounds, including charcoal briquettes.
Anyone who knowingly places forestland in danger or who negligently allows a fire to spread are subject to possible civil liabilities and criminal penalties.
The burn ban will run through Sept. 30.
To learn more, visit the state DNR website.