The state Department of Natural Resources this morning announced there will be a statewide burn ban on all DNR-protected lands beginning Thursday. The ban will run through Sept. 30. The ban covers all forestlands in Washington except for federal lands.
“The threat of wildfires from escaped outdoor burning is high during the summer months due to unusual fire danger,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark in a news release. “Wildfires are dangerous for people and property and result in large expenditures of public funding that can be avoided through prudent actions to prevent them.”
The news release said this ban applies to all outdoor burning, including currently permitted burns, with the following exceptions:
1. Recreational fires in approved fire pits within designated state, county, municipal or other campgrounds.
2. DNR-approved prescribed fire, implemented to enhance or restore fire-dependent ecosystems and forest health, when enhancement and restoration by prescribed fire can only be accomplished successfully during the period of time from Thursday through Sept. 30th.
3. As approved in writing by DNR when there are compelling reasons for an exception.
The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbeques will continue to be allowed under the ban.
This ban takes precedence over and supersedes all other burn bans currently in effect on forestlands except federal lands.