Outdoor burning banned through Sept. 30
August 12, 2014
New: August 12, 2:53 p.m.
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources announced Aug. 11 that it is expanding the current statewide burn ban to cover all outdoor burning on DNR-protected lands.
The statewide burn ban will run through Sept. 30. It applies to all lands under DNR fire protection, which does not include federally owned lands.
Hot and dry weather since early summer have caused hazardous conditions, which in turn have caused fires to spread rapidly and challenged firefighting efforts.
All outdoor burning on DNR-protected lands is prohibited under the ban, including recreational fires in campgrounds. Fireworks and incendiary devices, such as exploding targets, sky lanterns or tracer ammunition, are illegal on all DNR-protected lands. Charcoal briquettes are also not allowed.
In addition, DNR urges extreme caution around any activity that may start a fire.
Learn more at www.dnr.wa.gov.