DNR lifts statewide burn ban, county bans still in effect

The state Department of Natural Resources lifed the statewide burn ban on DNR-protected lands as of Wednesday. Fire danger has been reduced by recent rainfall and moderating temperatures, the department reported in a statement.

Although the DNR’s burn ban has been lifted, some areas of the state remain dry and burn bans are still in place in these dry areas. The public is advised to check DNR’s burn risk website at http://bit.ly/nonie or call 1-800-323-BURN for local burning restrictions on DNR-protected lands.

Countywide burn bans are still in effect for Grays Harbor and Pacific counties, however. Those bans cover residential, forest practices-related and land-clearing burns. They also restrict campfires to fire pits in designated campgrounds. For more information on the county bans, call the Grays Harbor County Fire Marshal’s Office at (360) 249-4222, or the Pacific County Department of Community Development at (360) 875-9356.

In addition, industrial forest operations on DNR-protected lands remain regulated under the requirements of the Industrial Fire Precaution Level system. Individuals involved in forest operations will need to check for and follow restrictions as they apply to the area in which they intend to work. Information on any such restrictions can be found at: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/RecreationEducation/Topics/FireBurningRegulations/....