Washington State Burn Ban – 7/29/2020

Please read the attached DNR notice regarding outdoor burning…..

COMMISSIONER’S ORDER
NUMBER 202017
STATE OF WASHINGTON
DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Hilary S. Franz, Commissioner of Public Lands

WHEREAS, RCW 76.04 defines the lands within the State of Washington where the Department of Natural Resources is responsible for fire protection; and
WHEREAS, RCW 76.04 authorizes the Department of Natural Resources to regulate the use of fire on the forest lands for which it has fire protection responsibility; and
WHEREAS, RCW 76.04 authorizes the Department of Natural Resources in times and localities of unusual fire danger to prohibit the use of fire in those locations; and
WHEREAS, unusual fire danger exists and is forecast to continue through September 30, 2020, on forest lands protected by the Department of Natural Resources; and
WHEREAS, wildfires result in large expenditures of public funding that can be avoided through prudent actions to prevent them;

THEREFORE, outdoor burning, the use of charcoal briquettes, and prescribed burns are banned on all forest lands within the State of Washington under Department of Natural Resources fire protection through September 30, 2020. This date may be extended or shortened based upon ongoing fire conditions. The following exceptions will apply:

1. Recreational fires in approved fire pits within designated state, county, municipal or other campgrounds.
2. As approved in writing by the Commissioner of Public Lands or Department Supervisor, approved prescribed fire for ecological purposes, when conducted by trained professionals.
3. As approved in writing by the Commissioner of Public Lands or Department Supervisor when there are compelling reasons for such an exception.

Effective July 28, 2020, this order takes precedence over and supersedes all other burn bans currently in effect on forest lands within the state of Washington under Department of Natural Resources fire protection.
Dated this 27th day of July, 2020.
STATE OF WASHINGTON
DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
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Hilary S. Franz
Commissioner of Public Lands