DNR amends statewide burn ban to allow recreational campfires

Rain and forecasts calling for more moderate weather, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources is modifying its statewide burn ban.

Recreational campfires will be allowed in established fire rings in official campgrounds, the DNR announced in a statement released Friday, Aug. 15. All other outdoor burning on DNR lands remains prohibited.

“We’ve seen a shift from extremely hot and dry to more moderate weather in western Washington, which means a reduced risk of wildfire,” Peter Goldmark, public lands commissioner, said in the statement. “This shift allows us to adjust the burn ban to allow recreational campfires in these specific circumstances on DNR-protected lands on the west side of the state.”

More than $91 million has been spent battling 350,000 acres of wildfires in Washington in 2014, according to DNR officials.

The burn ban continues through September.