As fire danger continues to escalate, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources announced Monday it is expanding the current statewide burn ban to cover all outdoor burning on all DNR-protected lands.
“All indicators are that we’ll continue to have high heat, low humidity, and storm systems with winds and lightning,” Peter Goldmark, commissioner of public lands, said in a prepared statement. “That means huge potential for wildfires. We need to do everything we can to minimize danger to people, homes and habitat.”
The ban includes recreational fires in campgrounds and charcoal briquettes. The ban will run through Sept. 30 . More than 350,000 acres have burned in Washington this year and a statement released by the DNR says more than $91 million has been spent battling those wildfires.