SPOKANE-- Increasing fire danger in eastern Washington has prompted burn bans in the region.
As of Saturday, the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has declared a high fire danger rating for Spokane, Lincoln and Stevens counties. Ferry County has a moderate rating, and Adams, Pend Oreille and Whitman counties are still considered a low risk.
In an effort to reduce human-caused wildfires, DNR issued a statewide burn ban on all DNR-protected lands, effective July 1, 2012, through September 30, 2012. 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.
Daily updates on burn restrictions are available at 1-800-323-BURN or click here for the burn risk map.
With fire season upon us, DNR encourages homeowners to take steps to decrease the risk of their home being lost in a wildfire. DNR provides technical and financial assistance to landowners to assist in thinning trees to reduce fire hazard and increase forest health. For more information, call the Northeast Region Office at (509) 684-7474.