The Washington State Department of Natural Resources has announced a statewide burn ban on all DNR-protected lands Monday through Sept. 30. The burn ban will apply to all forestlands in Washington under DNR fire protection, which does not include federally owned lands.
Already this year, DNR has had 57 wildfire starts simply from escaped outdoor burn piles, which have burned approximately 202 acres.
The ban will apply to all outdoor burning on DNR-protected forestlands with the following exceptions:
• Recreational fires in approved fire pits within designated state, county, municipal or other campgrounds.
• DNR-approved prescribed fires, implemented to enhance or restore fire-dependent ecosystems and forest health, when enhancement and restoration by prescribed fire can be accomplished successfully only from July 1 through Sept. 30.
The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbecues will continue to be allowed under the ban.Staff report