Three brush fires in one day near state highways have prompted a warning from the State Patrol:
"If we see you throwing a cigarette out of your vehicle it's going to cost ya $1,052! Don't start a fire, use an ashtray!" Tweeted Trooper Guy Gill.
Heads up! If we see you throwing a cigarette out of your vehicle it's going to cost ya $1,052! Don't start a fire, use an ashtray! #BeSmart— Trooper Guy Gill (@wspd1pio) July 15, 2014
Because of the extremely dry conditions, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources on Friday expanded the burn ban from DNR-protected lands in Eastern Washington to include those west of the Cascades. The burn ban will run through September 30, 2014.
DNR says this fire season, there have already been more than 260 fires on DNR-protected lands, with the majority caused by humans.
Fire danger is "moderate" in Western Washington, but is "high" in most of Eastern Washington. The danger is rated "extreme" in Benton County.
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If you see someone toss a cigarette butt from a car, you can report it by calling 866-LITTER-1