Greg Schirato, deputy director of WDFW’s wildlife program, said these restrictions are part of a larger effort by state and federal agencies to reduce the risk of further wildfires in Washington. That effort includes a burn ban issued for all forestlands protected by the state Department of Natural Resources, and another issued by Gov. Chris Gregoire for eastern Washington.
“With numerous wildfires burning in eastern Washington, firefighting crews are stretched thin,” he said. “So it’s important that we take these steps on WDFW lands throughout the state to minimize the possibility of additional wildfires.”
The restrictions on WDFW-managed lands will remain in effect until conditions improve and the risk of wildfires decreases, Schirato said. Keep checking WDFW’s website (http://wdfw.wa.gov/) for an announcement.
Before recreating on public or private lands, hunters and others should check with the appropriate landowner for any restrictions.
For more information on fires currently burning in Washington, visit the state’s Emergency Management Division’s websites at http://www.emd.wa.gov/activations/Activation.shtml and http://www.wadisasternews.com/go/site/1105/, the Incident Information System’s website at http://www.inciweb.org/state/49/, and the U.S. Forest Service’s website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/okawen/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprdb5390935.