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Fire danger increases in Eastern Washington due to cold front


OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced in a June 20 news release that it is increasing the fire danger rating in several Eastern Washington counties. The move comes due to a dry, cold front passing through the region that could bring high winds, especially low humidity and warm temperatures, conditions that create challenges to initial fire attack operations.

Restrictions are for all DNR-protected lands. Effective June 20, the fire danger rating is moderate in Okanogan, Lincoln and Spokane counties and the areas within Stevens County Fire Districts 1 and 2. Rule burning — burning not requiring a permit — as well as small debris disposal fires are not allowed in Okanogan, Lincoln, Spokane and the areas within Stevens County Fire Districts 1 and 2.

Written permits are required on all DNR-protected lands in these areas. Daily updates on burn restrictions and industrial fire precaution levels are available at 1-800-323-BURN or on the “Fire Danger and Outdoor Burning Risk” map at and the “Industrial Fire Precaution Levels” map at


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