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Tag: state Department of Natural Resources


DNR to hold online recreation discussion next week

The state Department of Natural Resources is holding a week-long, online discussion about recreation on department-managed lands from Monday through Friday.

Each day of the week, the DNR Forum will ask a different question about recreation on department-managed lands, with topics ranging from funding strategies, public need, planning and safety. The forum is a moderated discussion that provides department staff an opportunity to hear from the public.

The department’s recreation budget has decreased considerably in the past several years, resulting in reduced services or closures in 40 recreation areas in 2009. Expected budget shortfalls could lead to additional closures.


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DNR reminds campers to be careful with campfires

Even as cooler weather dominates the forecast for some parts of the state, the state Department of Natural Resources will maintain its statewide burn ban until Sept. 30. During the ban, campfires may be allowed, but only in approved fire pits in designated campgrounds. Campers are not allowed to build their own fire pits.

Department officials suggests always checking to see if there are additional local restrictions on campfires before leaving home to go camping or hiking. Because campgrounds may choose to ban campfires, it’s best to check with the campground host before lighting a campfire, said a department news

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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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Weekend weather conditions ripe for wildfire

The state Department of Natural Resources is warning people of wildfire dangers this weekend. With very high temperatures, low humidity and breezy conditions in the forecast, grasses and other fuels will dry out quickly. Under these conditions, one spark can lead to a catastrophic wildfire.

“We can’t emphasize enough how important it is to follow burn restrictions and be careful with fire,” said Joe Shramek, manager of DNR’s Resource Protection Division, in a news release. “Over the next few days, I’m especially concerned about the potential for wildfires in areas west of the Cascade Mountains because of the dry, easterly

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