According to the latest information from the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the fire danger in Klickitat County is extremely high.
On Tuesday, the DNR banned all campfires and other open flame fires on DNR land in nine southeast Washington counties, including Klickitat County. The DNR has also tightened its "industrial fire precaution levels" for woods workers throughout the state.
The recent hot weather has dried out much of the grass and brush, making the forest prone to fire. The DNR requests continued vigilance from citizens of the area, including quickly reporting any fires.
DNR fire suppression experts offer the following tips to help protect people from fire:
There is occasionally drift smoke from other fires in the area. Drift smoke is typically hazy and covers large areas. New fires will generally form puffs, plumes or small columns. In addition, you may see flame. Please report these fires by calling 800-826-3383 or 9-1-1.
If you are hiking and detect smoke in your vicinity (other than drift smoke), leave the area as quickly and safely as possible. Conditions are such that fires can spread extremely quickly. Report the fire as soon as you are able.
Adhere to all fire restrictions in place. As of July 1, all open fires were prohibited on state lands and lands protected by the DNR. This includes charcoal barbecues. There are no exceptions.
Use caution with any activity that has the potential to generate sparks or heat. Park your vehicle away from vegetation, it is extremely dry. When you are traveling, carry a shovel and a bucket in your car.
Report any fires, adhere to the fire restrictions in place, and be cautious.