The state Department of Natural Resources has expanded its burn ban to cover the entire state.
The ban will run from Friday (July 29) through Sept. 30 and covers all DNR-protected lands in the state. The ban may be extended or shortened based on fire weather, DNR officials said.
A ban for Eastern Washington has been in effect since July 2.
“The arrival of summer weather creates greater danger for wildfires, which are serious threats to safety, property and habitat. We have already seen a number of roadside fires start on both sides of the Cascades,” Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark said. “We must be cautious and vigilant to minimize the damage to our state.”
The DNR has already had 408 wildfires start throughout the state this year.
Recreational fires in approved fire pits within designated state, county, municipal and other campgrounds are allowed.
The DNR ban means outdoor burning is prohibited on all forestlands that DNR protects from wildfire. Anyone caught violating the burn ban can face fines.
The ban does not apply to federally owned lands, such as national forests, national parks, national wildlife refuges or other areas administered by federal agencies.
A copy of the commissioner’s order is available at dnr.wa.gov/burn-bans.