DNR advises public to be cautious of wildfires in dry conditions
August 27, 2013
The state Department of Natural Resources is asking the public to be cautious, alert and aware of burn restrictions across the state.
With thunderstorms, many with little or no moisture, moving across parts of California, Oregon, Idaho and Montana, wildfire activity has escalated. The fire forecast for most of the western U.S. calls for hot and dry weather to continue into the fall.
The National Interagency Fire Center has moved the national Wildfire Preparedness Level to the highest level, PL-5, indicating that fire suppression resources are becoming scarce. Of the DNR’s five interagency incident management teams, two are staffing wildfires in Washington. The others are replenishing resources after suppressing several large fires, including the Mile Marker 28 and Colockum Tarps fires, which consumed a combined area in excess of 100,000 acres.
Report a wildfire or unattended campfire by calling 9-1-1. In Washington state, you may also report forest fires by calling 800-562-6010 toll free. There is currently a statewide burn ban on 13 million acres of forestlands in Washington. Campgrounds may have additional burn restrictions in place. Campers should check with their campground host or the local fire district before starting a campfire.
Learn more about national preparedness levels at http://bit.ly/DNRfireinfolevels.