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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

State Burn Ban Begins July 15th

The state Department of Natural Resources Monday announced a statewide burn ban on all state-protected lands starting Thursday, July 15 through Sept 30. The ban covers all forestland in Washington except for federal lands.

"Wildfires are dangerous for people and property and result in large expenditures of public funding that can be avoided through prudent actions to prevent them," Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark said in a prepared statement.

The ban applies to all outdoor burning, including currently permitted burns, with three exceptions:

1. Recreational fires in approved fire pits within designated state, county, municipal or other campgrounds

2. DNR-approved prescribed fire, undertaken to enhance or restore fire-dependent ecosystems and forest health

3. As approved in writing by DNR when there are compelling reasons for an exception.

Use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbeques will continue to be allowed during the ban.

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