Burn ban on all DNR-protected lands

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30 Jun, 2011 12:01 AM

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For Immediate Release

June 29, 2011

Burn ban on all DNR-protected lands
In effect July 1 - September 30, 2011

OLYMPIA - 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 September 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 September 30, 2011,
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.

DNR's wildfire mission
Administered by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, DNR is
responsible for preventing and fighting wildfires on 12.7 million acres
of private, state and tribal-owned forestlands. DNR is the state's
largest on-call fire department, with over 1,000 employees trained and
available to be dispatched to fires as needed. During fire season, this
includes over 700 DNR employees who have other permanent jobs with the
agency and about 375 seasonal workers. Additionally, Department of
Correction inmates participate in the DNR correctional camps program.
DNR also participates in Washington's coordinated interagency approach
to firefighting.

Media Contact: Janet Pearce, Communications and Outreach, 360-902-1122,
[email blocked]
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