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July 30, 2013 at 4:55 PM

DNR issues statewide burn ban

All outdoor fires have been banned on lands protected by the  Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The ban is in effect through Sept. 30 and prohibits campfires in developed campgrounds and other recreational fires. The ban also prohibits prescribed burns.

Peter Goldmark, commissioner of public lands, said today that  hot and dry conditions have made the potential for wildfire unusually high on both sides of the Cascade Mountains. Significant demands are being placed on fire suppression resources from both regional and statewide firefighting efforts, he said.

“We have hundreds of firefighters fighting two major wildfires and numerous smaller fires in Washington State. Our resources are stretched thin,” Goldmark said.

Wildfires are often ignited by lightning, and this week’s weather forecasts indicate a significant potential for lightning-caused wildfires. Most fires are caused by human activities. To reduce human-caused wildfires, DNR has issued the statewide burn ban on all lands under DNR protection. The ban applies to all forestlands in Washington State, except federal lands, and prohibits campfires in all state, local and private campgrounds.

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