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Statewide burn ban comes to an end as conditions improve

Statewide burn ban comes to an end as conditions improve

After a summer of low humidity, drought conditions, those burn bands that started July 1st are now coming to an end.

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources announced today that their statewide burn ban on DNR-protected lands will expire on October 1st.

Recent area rain and lower temperatures has reduced the risk of fires in some areas of the state. Asotin, Garfield, Okanogan, Stevens and Walla Walla still have high fire danger. Bent and Columbia county still have extreme fire dangers warnings and have during the most part of the summer.

To learn what the status of your county is before you head out to burn, check it out first online at DNR's website.

WSU Receives Largest Gift in History from Apple, Pear Growers

WSU Receives Largest Gift in History from Apple, Pear Growers

Washington State University will soon receive the largest single gift in university history from apple and pear growers throughout the state. The growers have agreed to make a historic investment of $27 million over the next eight years to support tree fruit research and extension at WSU.

"A gift of this magnitude is truly transformational,” said WSU President Elson S. Floyd.

State parks hope to recover lost funds with Discover Pass

State parks hope to recover lost funds with Discover Pass

In order to make up for the lost funds from the general fund, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife managed lands are requiring Discover Passes for recreator vehicles.

The $30 passes are projected to earn the state about $65 million in revenue over the next two years. That number is similar to the $64 million taken out of the general fund for state parks.

Planting Trees

Planting Trees

If you don't have much of a green thumb, there's help. The City of Moscow Tree Commission is hosting workshops to help you take care of your trees. It's not as simple as you might think. These guys make taking care of your trees look like an art.

Wednesday is the pruning workshop. Yes, a seminar just to learn how to properly cut your trees, when to prune and how to prune, and there's even "small tree training". Interesting. It's September 7th.

The following Wednesday is for planting.

Fire dangers span the state and tighten restrictions

Fire dangers span the state and tighten restrictions

Even after last night's rain storm through Spokane County, fire danger is still high throughout Eastern Washington.

Other parts of the state are facing fire dangers as well. Across the state, burning has been banned with the exception of some recreational fires in approved fire pits. As the summer continues, some fire restrictions increase.

Six arrested during Friday's mega load protest.

Six were arrested by Idaho State Police on Friday after they refused to disperse and leave the roadway during a protest of the first Mega Load through US-95 in Moscow.

Captain Lonnie Richardson, says a large number of people lined the streets within the City of Moscow, both in opposition and support of the Mega Load.

Fire restrictions issued for BLM-administered land

Fire restrictions issued for BLM-administered land

News of fire restrictions in the area have been quite the popular topic as of late, but here's a new addition to that discussion that might affect your weekend if you're going to spend it camping. A regulated fire closure of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) administered land in the Spokane District will take place starting August 25th. Spokane County is one of 20 affected counties in the state.* The regulated fire closure prohibits operating any type of motorized vehicle off developed roadways or parking of vehicles off of those road ways.