DNR bans all outdoor burning in state


September 7, 2017

John McCallum

Smoke from fires burning throughout Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and British Columbia have made conditions hazardous at times for residents of Cheney, the West Plains and throughout the region.

OLYMPIA – With multiple fires burning on the landscape and communities suffering from dense layers of smoke, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) expanded its burn ban on Sept. 5 to cover the entire state.  

"Wildfire and smoke is affecting every community around the state as we see the hot, dry summer take its toll on our forests," Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz said in a news release. "Without any relief from this weather in the foreseeable future and with our firefighters spread across the Northwest, we can no longer allow outdoor burning anywhere in W...

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