Follow precautions, rules as wildfire season starts

April 10, 2012

By Staff

Though springtime rain continues to drench the ground, wildfire season starts April 15.

The date is mandated in state law. The state Department of Natural Resources reminds residents to be aware of how rapidly a cool, rainy spring can transition to warmer, drier conditions.

State summer fire rules go into effect April 15 and last through Oct. 15. These rules apply to the 12.7 million acres of forestlands protected from wildfire by the agency, including Tiger Mountain State Forest.

In fire season, people using motorized equipment in the woods must have approved spark arresters and follow fire safety precautions. Citizens working in the woods must have fire prevention and extinguishing equipment at the job site, in good working order, and staffers trained in proper use.

Residents can receive fire updates from the agency via Twitter, www.twitter.com/waDNR_fire, through the Fire Update, www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/rp_fire_currentfireinfodailyupdates.pdf and the Incident Information System, www.inciweb.org/state/49.

Call 800-527-3305 toll-free for daily fire precaution levels listed by geographic region.

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