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WDFW lifts emergency fire restrictions, but urges caution

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Oct. 16, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
October 16, 2012 12:36 pm

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife just announced it was lifting emergency fire restrictions on the land it manages throughout the state. Department officials, however, urged anyone visiting those lands to continue using caution when doing anything that could spark a wildlfire.

Greg Schirato, deputy director of the wildlife program, said the action is consistent with those of the Governor’s Office and the state Department of Natural Resources, which have lifted statewide burn bans in recent days.

“Wildfire risks are easing, particularly after the recent rains in western Washington,” Schirato said in a news release. “But it’s important that everyone remain vigilant and avoid any action that could touch off another blaze.”

By lifting its emergency restrictions, the department will again allow campers, hunters and others who visit the department’s lands to build campfires, practice target shooting, use generators and operate chainsaws.

Standard rules for those and other activities on WDFW lands are available on the department’s website. For information about wildfire risks around the state, click here.

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