Statewide burn ban in effect | Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Current wildfires have closed few outdoor recreation areas throughout the state.  As folks take advantage of late season recreational opportunities, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds everyone of a statewide burn ban.

Burn ban to reduce human-caused wildfires

In an effort to reduce human-caused wildfires, DNR issued a statewide burn ban on all DNR-protected lands, effective July 1, through September 30, 2012. The ban includes all forestlands in Washington except for federal lands, which have their own published restrictions. Campgrounds may have additional burn restrictions in place. Campers should check with their campground host before starting a campfire.


Fire safety information

  • Campfires are only authorized in approved camp grounds with approved fire rings. Never leave a campfire unattended, and be sure it is completely dead out and cold to the touch before leaving the camp site.
  • Be sure recreational vehicles have operating spark arresters.
  • Be aware that common recreational activities can cause fires, such as target shooting, cigarette butts, and trailer chains dragging on concrete.
  • Do not park any vehicles in dry, grassy areas, as the heat from exhaust systems can ignite the dry grass.
  • It is illegal to discharge fireworks on DNR-protected and public lands.


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