Burn ban on DNR lands extended until October 7
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources announced that weather conditions are still too dry to allow outdoor burning but, at the same time, have eased enough to allow industrial operations to resume in some areas of the state.
The DNR has extended the statewide burn ban on all DNR-protected lands through October 7, 2012, and includes all forestlands in Washington, except for federal lands. There has been a burn ban in effect on DNR lands since July 1.
“The conditions for new fires still exist, even as we head into October,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. “Our firefighting resources are stretched to the limit, and our firefighters are exhausted. We cannot take the risk of new, human-caused fires with the tinder dry conditions out there. We are taking the unprecedented step of extending the burn ban and asking everyone to be patient and vigilant until we see some rain.”
Starting in August, the Fire Districts and Fire Departments in Grays Harbor County have enacted a burn ban throughout the county. All land outdoor burning will be prohibited until further notice.