Outdoor burning banned through Sept. 30
August 12, 2014
As hot and dry weather threatens to bring fire danger to a new high, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources announced Aug. 11 that it is expanding the current statewide burn ban to cover all outdoor burning on DNR-protected lands.
Those who negligently allow fire to spread or who knowingly place forestlands in danger of destruction or damage are subject to possible civil liabilities and criminal penalties under state law.
The statewide burn ban will run through Sept. 30. It applies to all lands under DNR fire protection, which does not include federally owned lands.
Hot and dry weather since early summer have caused hazardous conditions, which in turn have caused fires to spread rapidly and challenged firefighting efforts.
More than $91 million has been spent so far battling wildfires in 2014, and more than 350,000 acres have burned across the state.
There are many weeks to go in this year’s fire season, which usually runs into October.
All outdoor burning on DNR-protected lands is prohibited under the ban, including recreational fires in campgrounds.
Fireworks and incendiary devices, such as exploding targets, sky lanterns or tracer ammunition, are illegal on all DNR-protected lands. Charcoal briquettes are also not allowed.
In addition, DNR urges extreme caution around any activity that may start a fire.
Logging operations, land clearing, road and utility right-of-way maintenance, use of spark-emitting equipment and other activities that create a high risk of fire ignition should be drastically curtailed.
Learn more here.