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Fire danger rating raised for portion of northeast Washington

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on May 18, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
May 18, 2010 3:24 pm

The state Department of Natural Resources just announced that fire danger ratings will increase from ‘low’ to ‘moderate’ in Lincoln County, Spokane County, and Fire Districts 1 and 2 in Stevens County, effective at midnight.

The leading causes for debris fires becoming a wildfire are failure to construct a fire break and failure to completely extinguish a burn pile, said the news release. The public is reminded to please be sure they have a fire break around all debris piles they are burning and to be sure they extinguish their debris fire with water and a shovel.

Under the moderate rating, campfires are still allowed. However, campfires are not allowed on state land except in DNR campgrounds.

Daily updates on burn restrictions are available at 1-800-323-BURN or by going to the department’s website, then click on ‘fire information and prevention’ and go to ‘wildfire related maps.’ The ‘burn risk map’ link is in the bottom right-hand corner.

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