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600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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October 01, 2018
Contact: WDFW Wildlife Program, 360-902-2515

WDFW lifts fire restrictions on most lands in eastern Washington

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has lifted fire restrictions on most department-managed lands in eastern Washington, where cooler temperatures and high humidity have reduced fire danger.

Cynthia Wilkerson, manager of WDFW’s Lands Division, said the department’s action is consistent with the recent lifting of fire restrictions by the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which provides fire protection for many state wildlife areas.

"This change reflects an easing of fire danger in eastern Washington, but we still urge campers and anyone else heading outdoors this fall to be extremely cautious with campfires and any other activity that could spark a wildfire," Wilkerson said.

She noted, however, that some localized restrictions will remain in place, including a campfire ban through Oct. 15 at all WDFW wildlife areas in Benton, Franklin, Yakima, and Kittitas counties. Similarly, a campfire ban is in place at the Columbia Basin Wildlife Area in Grant and Adams counties through Oct. 31.

In addition, local DNR restrictions may still be in place.

Any further updates will be posted on WDFW's website at For more information on fire danger in Washington and any local restrictions, visit the DNR website at

WDFW owns and manages over 700,000 acres in eastern Washington and about a million acres statewide. Maps and comprehensive information about WDFW's wildlife areas can be found at