Another warning in the face of the upcoming Fourth of July weekend – the Washington State Department of Natural Resources has placed a burn ban on all DNR-protected land east of the Cascades.
Starting July 1 and running until September 30, the burn ban applies to all forestland under DNR fire protection.
“The seasonally dry weather creates a greater risk for wildfires,” said Commission of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. “A burn ban helps to prevent them and protects forests, habitat and property.”
So far this year DNR has already had 172 wildfire starts, which have burned approximately 779 acres across the state.
The ban applies to all outdoor burning on DNR forestland with two exceptions:
Recreational fires in approved fire pits
Gas or propane stoves and barbecue grills
Fireworks and incendiary devices like exploding targets, sky lanterns or tracer ammunition are also illegal.