[6/3/16] Fire Danger Rating Changes For 5 Counties

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CHANGES MEAN RESTRICTIONS ON BURNING IN SEVERAL EASTERN WASHINGTON COUNTIES

OLYMPIA – With warming temperatures and erratic behavior of early-season wildfires, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today it will increase fire danger ratings and burn restrictions on lands it protects in eastern Washington.

 

Those with burn permits must check for additional restrictions from the increased fire danger ratings.

 

Effective 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 3, the following Fire Danger Ratings will be changed:

 

•    Fire danger rating will increase from low to moderate in Spokane, Okanogan and northern Lincoln counties and in Stevens County Fire Districts 1 and 2.

•    Fire danger rating will remain low in Pend Oreille and Ferry counties and in Stevens County outside of Fire Districts 1 & 2.  

 

Effective 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 3, the following burn restrictions will be implemented:

 

•    Rule burning will be prohibited on DNR-protected lands in Okanogan, Spokane and northern Lincoln counties and in Stevens County Fire Districts 1 & 2.

•    Permit burning and campfires in designated approved campgrounds will still be allowed in Okanogan, Spokane and northern Lincoln counties and in Stevens County Fire Districts 1 & 2.

•    Rule burning, campfires and permit burns are still allowed in Pend Oreille and Ferry counties and in Stevens County outside of Fire Districts 1 & 2.

 

Daily updates on burn restrictions are available at 1-800-323-BURN or on DNR’s website at www.dnr.wa.gov/OutdoorBurning.

 

Property owners can reduce fire risk to their homes and lands by keeping dead vegetation off roofs and away from buildings. Keeping trees and bushes near buildings healthy and trimmed can also reduce risk.