September 26, 2013 | Vol. 117 -- No. 23

Fire danger rating and burning restrictions drop in parts of northeast Washington

Lower temps, increased precipitation ease danger

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced Sept. 24 that the fire danger rating and burning restrictions have been lowered in northeast Washington on DNR-protected lands. Fire danger is reduced by recent rainfall and moderating temperatures.

Effective 12:01 a.m., Sept. 24 the fire danger rating dropped to ‘moderate,’ and permit and rule burning are allowed in Stevens County, inside Fire Districts 1 and 2, and Spokane County

Permit and rule burning are allowed in Ferry, Lincoln, and Okanogan counties, and Stevens County outside Fire Districts 1 and 2, where the fire danger rating remains ‘moderate.’

People are reminded to follow the conditions of their burning permit. Also, please be careful when burning by following these simple steps:

1) Put a fire break around your fire.

2) Do not leave the fire unattended.

3) Put the fire completely out every night.

4) If wind speeds increase, put out your fire.

5) Check before burning by calling 1-800-323-BURN or visiting www.dnr.wa.gov for current burning conditions.

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