August 8, 2013 | Vol. 117 -- No. 16

Fire risk prompts state agencies to call for extreme caution

OLYMPIA – With fire danger continuing to increase across Washington, officials from four state agencies urged residents to recognize that even seemingly low-risk activities, such as parking on a grassy field or using motorized yard tools, can spark a wildfire.

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Thirty-seven of the state’s 39 counties have declared burn bans. Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark has banned fires on all lands protected by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), including wildlife areas and other facilities managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

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