Statewide burn ban expires at midnight as fire risk falls

October 15, 2012

NEW — 2 p.m. Oct. 15, 2012

The state Department of Natural Resources said the statewide burn ban on agency-protected lands is poised to expire at midnight Monday as the wildfire risk declines.

“My thanks to the public for their help and restraint during a difficult and prolonged fire season,” state Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark said in a statement. “The summer’s fires could have been a worse, but the public did everything they could to prevent wildfires.”

The ban on outdoor burning applied to all Department of Natural Resources-protected public, private and tribal lands, including Tiger Mountain State Forest near Issaquah.

Lifting the statewide burn ban does not prevent authorities from putting in place burn restrictions at the local level.

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Join ‘Gill’-iver’s Travels at Salmon Days to experience salmon migration

October 7, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 7, 2012

In addition to the Roving Fish Fan hunt at the Salmon Days Festival, the downtown Issaquah Salmon Hatchery features “Gill”-iver’s Travels — a chance for children and adults to assume the role of a migrating salmon.

(Trust us, nobody dies at the end of the journey.)

The experience starts at the entrance of the hatchery, 125 W. Sunset Way. Then, participants head to booths to answer questions about salmon, the environment and water quality. Show the passport to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife at the end of the journey to receive a fishy treat.

The program comes together through the efforts of the state fish and wildlife agency, the state Department of Natural Resources, Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and King County.

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Department of Natural Resources extends burn ban — again

October 4, 2012

NEW — 6 p.m. Oct. 4, 2012

The state Department of Natural Resources took the unprecedented step of extending the statewide burn ban through Oct. 15, more than a week after the earlier burn ban extension had been set to expire.

Officials attributed the longer ban to a prolonged stretch of unusually dry weather in Western Washington since July and extreme risk of wildfire.

The ban on outdoor burning applies to all Department of Natural Resources-protected public, private and tribal lands, including Tiger Mountain State Forest near Issaquah.

National Weather Service forecasters expect the current danger of extreme fire weather in Western Washington to continue into the weekend. Washington has had no measurable rain in August, and September ranked as the third driest on record.

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Department of Natural Resources imposes burn ban for state forests

October 2, 2012

The state Department of Natural Resources has extended a summertime burn ban for Tiger Mountain State Forest and other state lands through Oct. 7.

The burn ban applies to all forestlands in Washington, except for federal lands.

“The conditions for new fires still exist, even as we head into October,” state Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark said in a statement. “Our firefighting resources are stretched to the limit, and our firefighters are exhausted. We cannot take the risk of new, human-caused fires with the tinder dry conditions out there.”

The state moratorium is in addition to a burn ban imposed by Eastside Fire & Rescue through Oct. 20 and by the King County fire marshal until further notice.

Celebrate National Public Lands Day on Tiger Mountain

September 25, 2012

Washingtonians can celebrate National Public Lands Day in the Tiger Mountain State Forest, other state forestlands or at national parks.

The state Department of Natural Resources said the lineup for National Public Lands Day, Sept. 29, includes a mountain bike trail construction event on Tiger Mountain.

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Nominate volunteers for natural resources honor

September 25, 2012

The state Department of Natural Resources is searching statewide to recognize a top volunteer.

The agency is accepting nominations for the inaugural Commissioner of Public Lands’ Volunteer Hero Award. The recipient might be a dedicated blackberry buster on public lands, or a dedicated participant in efforts to build trails in state forests.

Organizers said ideal candidates should have demonstrated leadership and commitment in sustained service to the agency’s volunteer program. The period to submit a nomination is open until Sept. 28. Find the form and more information at http://bit.ly/THADS0.

The agency relies on thousands of volunteers so visitors can enjoy safe, sustainable and high-quality outdoor recreation experiences on Department of Natural Resources-managed lands.

Nominate outstanding volunteer for natural resources honor

September 22, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 22, 2012

The state Department of Natural Resources is searching statewide to recognize a top volunteer.

The agency is accepting nominations for the inaugural Commissioner of Public Lands’ Volunteer Hero Award. The recipient might be a dedicated blackberry buster on public lands, or a dedicated participant in efforts to build trails in state forests.

Organizers said ideal candidates should have demonstrated leadership and commitment in sustained service to the agency’s volunteer program. The period to submit a nomination is open until Sept. 28.

Volunteers play a key role in the success of many efforts, including the recreation and natural areas program. The agency relies on thousands of volunteers so visitors can enjoy safe, sustainable and high-quality outdoor recreation experiences on Department of Natural Resources-managed lands.

Celebrate National Public Lands Day in Tiger Mountain State Forest, national parks

September 19, 2012

NEW — 3 p.m. Sept. 19, 2012

Washingtonians can celebrate National Public Lands Day in Tiger Mountain State Forest, other state forestlands or at national parks.

The state Department of Natural Resources said the lineup for National Public Lands Day, Sept. 29, includes a mountain bike trail construction event on Tiger Mountain.

The annual event is meant to encourage people to head outside and enjoy the outdoors.

State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark invited the public to join volunteers to celebrate the event on Department of Natural Resources-managed lands across Washington.

Statewide, hundreds of volunteers plan to join the agency and partner organizations to repair trails, clean up litter, clear brush, remove invasive plants and complete other projects in recreation lands and conservation areas.

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Evergreen Enduro Tiger Mountain Bike Race comes to Issaquah Alps

September 18, 2012

For the first time, the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance will present the inaugural Evergreen Enduro Tiger Mountain Bike Race on Sept. 22.

More than 150 racers will assemble in the upper Tiger Mountain Summit parking lot off highway 18 between 8 and 9 a.m.; racing will get underway at 10 a.m.

All proceeds from the race will go toward building and maintaining mountain bike trails on Tiger Mountain, which have been in operation for the past 20 years, but have never served as a venue for a race.

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King County burn ban continues

September 11, 2012

Continued dry conditions have led the King County fire marshal to extend the countywide burn ban until further notice, officials announced Aug. 31.

National Weather Service meteorologists in Seattle said last month marked the driest August ever at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, with only a trace of rain recorded. (Meteorologists use data collected at the airport for official climate records in the region.)

The fire marshal — and officials in Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston counties — declared a regional burn ban in July. The ban was due to end Sept. 1.

Other burn bans remain in effect, too.

The state Department of Natural Resources set a summer burn ban for Tiger Mountain State Forest and other state lands from July 1 to Sept. 30. Eastside Fire & Rescue imposed a summer burn ban from June 15 to Sept. 30.

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