OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is easing fire restrictions on all agency-managed lands in western Washington, where wetter, cooler weather has reduced the risk of wildfires.
The department has lifted the ban on fires in approved fire pits on agency lands in western Washington, but still prohibits campfires of any kind on agency lands in eastern Washington, where the fire danger remains high in many areas.
Campfires and other outdoor burning outside approved fire pits are still prohibited by the department on both sides of the state.
Clay Sprague, WDFW land manager, said the department’s action is consistent with changes in fire rules approved this week by the Washington Department of Natural Resources, which provides fire protection for many state wildlife areas.
“These changes reflect an easing of fire danger in western Washington, but we still urge campers and others heading outdoors this summer to be extremely cautious in any activity that could spark a wildfire,” Sprague said.
New fire rules approved by WDFW will allow the following activities on the department’s westside lands, but not on lands east of the Cascades:
- Campfires in an approved fire pit.
- Smoking outside an enclosed vehicle.
- Target shooting outside designated shooting ranges.
- Use of chainsaws and other equipment powered by combustion engines.
- Operating a motor vehicle off developed roads.
Any further updates will be posted on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/. For more information on fires currently burning in Washington, visit websites for the state Incident Information System (http://www.inciweb.org/state/49/), the state Department of Natural Resources (http://www.dnr.wa.gov/Pages/default.aspx) and the U.S. Forest Service (http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/okawen/home).