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Washington's summer fire rules officially began April 15

Prevention measures to protect life and property are in effect through Oct. 15 on 13 million acres of DNR-protected lands


April 19, 2018

File photo A PBY applies water to a wildland fire that burned a significant amount of acreage near Fish Lake in 2007. Washington's fire season rules went into effect April 15.

OLYMPIA – Even with this wet, rainy spring, Washington's summer fire rules officially began Sunday, April 15, as specified by state law.  

"Whether fire season is delayed or not, Washington's forests always face the threat of wildfire," Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz said in an April 13 news release. "We're preparing now to be ready for fire season before the weather heats up, and I encourage all our neighbors to do the same." 

Last year, more than 32,800 acres of DNR-protected lands were consumed by 815 wildfires. Out of 815 wildfires, 90 percent were human-caused.


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