Hot and dry weather has prompted the Washington State Department of Natural Resources to expand its seasonal burn ban to include campfires, charcoal barbecues and recreational fires.
The burn ban will be in effect through Sept. 30, according to the agency.
“Now is the time to be vigilant,” Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark said in a news release. “It’s everyone’s responsibility to be appropriately cautious during this season. The risk of wildfire is unusually high and the consequences could be catastrophic.”
He added that hundreds of firefighters already are fighting two major wildfires and numerous smaller fires in the state.
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The ban applies to all forestlands in the state, except federal lands, and prohibits campfires in all state, local and private campgrounds, according to the DNR.