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Campfires and briquettes banned from state parks


With dangerously hot and dry weather driving fire danger to a new high, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is expanding the current statewide burn ban to cover all outdoor burning on all DNR-protected lands, with no exceptions, including state parks.

Hot and dry conditions since early summer have caused very high fire hazard conditions throughout the state. These conditions have caused fires to spread rapidly and challenged firefighting efforts. More than $91 million has been spent so far battling wildfires in 2014, and more than 350,000 acres have burned across the state.

All outdoor burning on DNR-protected lands is prohibited under this ban, including recreational fires in campgrounds or anywhere on DNR-protected lands. Fireworks and incendiary devices, such as exploding targets, sky lanterns, or tracer ammunition, are illegal on all DNR-protected lands. Charcoal briquettes are also not allowed.

The statewide burn ban will run through Sep. 30, 2014. It applies to all lands under DNR fire protection, which does not include federally owned lands. However, according to Rural 7 fire chief, Anthony Browning, it also applies to Rural 7.

“We’re not the patio police,” says Browning, but no fire pits or charcoal briquette fires are allowed during the burn ban.


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