SEATTLE – Washington state expanded a burn ban statewide Monday as hot, dry weather persists in drought conditions.
"Westside forests are drying out and the outlook is for continued warm, dry weather," said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. "These conditions make it clear it's time for a statewide burn ban."
The burn ban, which started in Eastern Washington and now expands to west of the Cascades, will run from June 22 through September 30, 2015.
The statewide burn ban applies to state forests, state parks and forest lands under that are under fire protection of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. The ban does not include recreational fires in approved fire pits at designated state, county, municipal and other campgrounds. Only charcoal briquettes may be used in fire pits.
The ban does not include federally owned lands such as national forests, national parks, and national wildlife refuges.
The state says there have been 306 wildfire starts in the state this year.
The state is still recovering from last year's Carlton Complex Fire. The largest wildfire in state history destroyed more than 250,000 acres.
As we approach the Fourth of July holiday, the state is reminding the public that fireworks are illegal on DNR-protected forest lands.
Report a Forest Fire: 800-562-6010