Statewide burn ban eased to allow campfires

After cooler temperatures and some rain swept Western Washington, the Department of Natural Resources eased a statewide burn ban to allow campfires in fire pits.

Fires will be allowed in Western Washington designated campgrounds only beginning Friday, Sept. 2. The ban still applies to all other DNR protected lands and to campfires in Eastern Washington.

“With this wetter weather in western Washington, easing the burn ban in time to permit campfires over Labor Day weekend is the right thing to do,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark in a release.

According to DNR, there is still "significant risk" east of the Cascades for wildfires.

Other counties also revised their burn bans today, including Island, Skagit, Grays Harbor, and Whatcom Counties, which will allow recreational fires in fire pits beginning Friday.

The DNR burn ban does not apply to national forests, parks, wildlife refuges, or other federally owned lands.

Copyright 2016 KING


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