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DNR's statewide burn ban begins Thursday

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The Washington State Department of Natural Resources issued a statewide burn ban on all DNR protected lands effective July 15 through September 30.

The ban includes all forestlands in Washington except for federal lands.

"The threat of wildfires from escaped outdoor burning is high during the summer months due to unusual fire danger," said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark in a statement.

DNR's ban applies to all outdoor burning, including permitted burns, with the following exceptions:
1. Recreational Fires in approved fire pits within designated state, county, municipal or other campgrounds; or

2. DNR-approved prescribed fire, implemented to enhance or restore fire-dependent ecosystems and forest health, when enhancement and restoration by prescribed fire can only be successfully done during the period of time from July 15 through September 30; or

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

The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbecues will be allowed under the ban.

DNR is responsible for preventing and fighting wildfires in 12.7 million acres of private, state and tribal-owned forestlands. There are more than 1,000 trained employees available to be dispatched to fires as needed.