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State lifts burn ban early

The state Department of Natural Resources this morning announced the statewide burn ban has been lifted from DNR-protected lands, a move that comes earlier than anticipated. Heavy rainfall throughout the state in recent weeks has eased the summer fire danger and the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center’s September outlook calls for below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation.

The agency urges continued caution with all potential fire sources, including tools, vehicles, camp stoves and other equipment and activities.

Current and expected conditions allow the agency to lift the statewide burn ban before i planned to do so on

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Reports of abandoned campfires help reduce threat of wildfires

The State Department of Natural Resources said this afternoon it is receiving an unusually high volume of calls reporting abandoned campfires throughout Pierce and King counties. Calls are coming in from both the public as well as from department and U.S. Forest Service patrols.

There have been 67 fires started this year as a result of escaped or abandoned campfires, a department official said.

“We want to thank the public for reporting costly, abandoned fires,” Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark said in a news release. “These fires need to be properly put out before they turn into large fires

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DNR says statewide burn ban begins Thursday

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

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