The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reminding everyone that there will be a statewide burn ban on all DNR-protected lands July 1, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2011.
This applies to all forestlands in Washington except for federal lands.
"Wildfires are dangerous for people and property and result in large expenditures of public funding," said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. "With careful actions, we can prevent catastrophic wildfires."
The ban applies to all outdoor burning, including currently permitted burns, with the following exceptions:
1. Recreational fires in approved fire pits within designated state, county, municipal or other campgrounds, or
2. DNR-approved prescribed fires, implemented to enhance or restore fire-dependent ecosystems and forest health, when enhancement and restoration by prescribed fire can only be accomplished successfully during the period of time from July 1, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2011, or
3. As approved in writing by DNR when there are compelling reasons for an exception.
The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbeques are allowed under the ban.
This burn ban takes precedence over and supersedes all other burn bans currently in effect on forestlands except federal lands.