SPOKANE- The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced Thursday it will raise the fire danger ratings across several Inland Northwest counties.
Effective at midnight, July 12, Spokane and Northern Lincoln counties will increase from a moderate to high fire danger rating. Fire District 1 and 2 in Stevens County will also increase to high fire danger rating. Outside of those districts in Stevens County will remain at a low rating. Ferry County will increase from low to moderate fire danger.
Meanwhile, Okanogan County will remain at moderate while Pend Oreille County will remain at a low rating.
In an effort to reduce human-caused wildfires, DNR issued a statewide burn ban on all DNR-protected lands through September 30. The ban includes all forestlands in Washington except for federal lands. Campgrounds may have additional burn restrictions in place. Campers should check with their campground host before starting a campfire.
To check the latest fire rating information, check www.dnr.wa.gov.