DNR implementing burn bans through most of the state

OLYMPIA – On Friday, June 25, Hilary Franz, Washington Commissioner of Public Lands issue the follow statement concerning high temperatures forecasted for our area.
“This weekend, our state will enter a period of record breaking heat. Temperatures are forecast to reach over 100 degrees for most of Washington. We are also entering a period of extreme drought. This heatwave coupled with drought is extremely dangerous, creating extreme fire danger.
During this period of extreme weather and increased risk, my agency is implementing burn restrictions through most of the state to help limit fire that fire risk. But our burn restrictions alone aren’t enough. We can’t fully protect our forests or our communities without your help.
I’m asking everyone to please refrain from starting outdoor fires. The vast majority of all wildfires are caused by humans, so we’re going to need everyone to do their part to keep people safe as the weather gets hotter and drier.
Some other tips to stay safe during this fire season include:
Make sure your dirt bikes or ATV’s have operating spark arrestors
If you’re in an area where campfires are permitted, make sure you’ve doused, stirred and doused your fire again until it is cool to the touch before heading home.
People should use this time at home to prepare for wildfire by creating defensible space.
Reduce dry fuels around your home
Clean roof tops and gutters
Limb up your trees and remove dead branches
Pay attention to burn ban restrictions and keep an eye on your burn pile.
You can visit https://www.dnr.wa.gov/burn-restrictions to check the status of burn restrictions in your area and you can go to https://www.dnr.wa.gov/WildfirePrevention to learn more about actions you can take to prevent wildfire. These prevention steps make a substantial impact and help to keep our firefighters and first responders safe.
Thank you for helping us protect our state from wildfire risk.”


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