State burn ban starts on Tiger Mountain, forestlands July 1
May 15, 2012
The state Department of Natural Resources reminds people spending summer days on state lands to adhere to a statewide burn ban in effect from July 1 until Sept. 30.
The ban applies to all forestlands in Washington, including Tiger Mountain State Forest, except for federal lands. The summertime moratorium is intended to reduce wildfire risk.
The ban applies to all outdoor burning, including already permitted burns, but carries some exceptions:
- Users can build recreational fires in approved fire pits within designated state, county, municipal or other campgrounds.
- Department of Natural Resources-approved prescribed fires, implemented to enhance or restore fire-dependent ecosystems and forest health, when enhancement and restoration by prescribed fire can only be accomplished during the ban.
The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbecues is allowed under the ban. Fireworks remain illegal on Department of Natural Resources-protected lands.