Prevent wildfires during Memorial Day weekend

May 27, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. May 27, 2010

State Department of Natural Resources officials urged people to be careful with fire during Memorial Day weekend. Despite recent wet and windy weather, wildfire season has started.

The agency has already recorded almost 60 small wildfires across the state, most of them in Eastern Washington.

During holiday weekends, public lands tend to be a favorite destination for people looking for outdoor recreation opportunities.

“When you are outdoors this Memorial Day weekend, please remember to be careful with fire,” state Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark said in a news release.

The agency urged people to prevent wildfires by ensuring all off-road vehicles have properly functioning catalytic converters, disposing of all lit smoking materials appropriately, building campfires only in authorized locations and not discharging fireworks. State law prohibits fireworks on public lands.

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