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Wash. DNR completes land exchange in Grays Harbor, Clallam, Jefferson, and Mason counties

DNR will manage the lands acquired in the exchange to produce sustainable revenue for the Common School Trust, which funds public school construction statewide, and the State Forest Transfer Trust to support services in Clallam County.

 

Maps showing the Foothills Land Exchange parcels are available on the DNR website.

The link to the exchange web page is: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/BusinessPermits/Topics/LandExchanges/Pages/amp_exc_foothills_exchange.aspx

DNR: Public encouraged to heed fire safety this Labor Day weekend

In areas where campfires are allowed, DNR asks the public to please follow these suggestions:

  • Use an existing fire ring; don’t create a new one.
  • Clear all vegetation away from the fire ring (remove all flammable materials, such as needles, leaves, sticks, etc.).
  • Keep your campfire small.
  • Keep plenty of water and a shovel nearby for throwing dirt on the fire if it gets out of control.
  • Never leave a campfire unattended!

 

When putting out your campfire, you should:

  • First, drown the campfire with water.
  • Next, mix the ashes and embers with soil. Scrape all partially-burned sticks and logs to make sure all the hot embers are off of them.
  • Stir the embers after they are covered with water and make sure everything is wet.
  • Feel the coals, embers, and any partially burned wood with your hands. Everything should be cool to the touch.
  • When you think you are done, take an extra minute and add more water. Stir the remains, add more water, and stir again.
  • If water is unavailable, use moist dirt. Be careful not to bury any hot or burning material, as it can smolder and later start a wildfire.
  • Finally, check the entire campsite for possible sparks or embers; it only takes one to start a forest fire.
  • If it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave.

 

Remember, a little extra care takes only a few minutes of your time, and it could prevent a wildfire.

 DNR statewide burn ban

In an effort to reduce preventable wildfires, DNR issued a statewide burn ban covering all DNR-protected lands, effective July 1, 2013, through September 30, 2013. The ban includes all forestlands in Washington except for federal lands. During the ban, designated campgrounds may allow campfires in approved fire pits. DNR or the campground management may put additional restrictions in place, including a ban on campfires, depending on weather conditions. 

Campfire ban lifted for state parks in Western Washington

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington State Parks announces it is lifting a ban on campfires in state parks in Western Washington, as the result of rain and forecasts of milder weather. 

Effective immediately, campers in state park campgrounds west of the Cascade crest may resume having campfires in provided campfire rings and also may use charcoal briquettes in grills and braziers. 

State Parks is following the lead of Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, who announced today he is lifting the ban on recreational fires in approved fire pits on forest lands under DNR fire protection, within state, county and municipal or other campgrounds in Western Washington. 

A ban on campfires and use of briquettes remains in place for all state parks in Eastern Washington. 

Visitors to state parks in Eastern Washington are allowed to use the following devices for cooking and warmth: 

• Propane and liquid gas stoves appropriate for camping and backcountry use
• Propane barbecue devices that do not use solid briquettes
• Propane or pressurized white gas warming devices that have a shield or base
• Lava rocks or lava logs may be used in propane grills and barbecues
• Solid fuel citronella or other candles in a metal bucket or glass container 

Extreme fire risk prompts call for extreme caution

Another frequent cause of brush fires, particularly in urban areas, is simple smoker’s carelessness. 
“In this day and age, we are still seeing brush fires on the sides of our highways caused by people tossing out their lit cigarettes,” said Washington State Fire Marshal Chuck Duffy. “Tossing a lit cigarette from a vehicle isn’t just littering. It’s a separate violation that could cost you a $1,025 fine.”
Some of the other ways fires start can include:
• Refueling lawn mowers without giving the engine a chance to cool down. A small spill can become a big fire.
• Using metal blades on brush cutters. They can spark if they hit a rock or piece of metal and can easily start a fire in freshly cut brush.
• Salvaging, welding, or grinding metal near any kind of vegetation.
• Target shooting at rocks or metal in dry vegetation or using exploding targets.

It’s also important for everyone, not just those living in remote areas, to be ready in case fire strikes their neighborhood.

“Homeowners should also be taking steps to avoid the spread of any fire that does start,” said Major General Bret Daugherty, the state’s adjutant general. “Any dead plants or vegetation near your home should be removed as soon as possible. And woodpiles and propane tanks should be stored no closer than 30 feet from your home. I would also encourage Washingtonians to create a personal preparedness plan – and consider pre-loading your car with emergency supplies like water, food and vital records in case you’re asked to evacuate.”
In short, even in the face of bans on burning, there are many other kinds of activities that can lead to fire. Officials state-wide are urging everyone to be careful with all outdoor activities, even if they don’t plan to toast s ‘mores over a traditional camp fire.

OLYMPIA – With fire danger continuing to increase across Washington, officials from four state agencies today urged residents to recognize that even seemingly low-risk activities, such as parking on a grassy field or using motorized yard tools, can spark a wildfire.
Thirty-seven of the state’s 39 counties have declared burn bans. Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark has banned fires on all lands protected by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), including wildlife areas and other facilities managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
However, even those protections don’t address all the ways people can unintentionally spark a wildfire.
“Most people are responsible and use good judgment,” said Mary Verner, DNR’s Deputy Supervisor for Resource Protection. “On the other hand, most wildfires are human-caused. We want to alert people to the extremely hazardous conditions and ask that they take extra precaution even with routine and seemingly safe activities.”
Bruce Bjork, Chief of Enforcement for WDFW, said people driving off-road can start a fire simply by driving across or parking on a grassy field, like those that exist at most of the department’s nearly 200 wildlife area units.
“Dry grass touching a vehicle’s hot exhaust system could start a major fire, especially when the wind is blowing,” said Bjork. “If you’re driving through the woods or open range, please stay on the road surface until you find a paved or graveled area to park.”
Another frequent cause of brush fires, particularly in urban areas, is simple smoker’s carelessness. 
“In this day and age, we are still seeing brush fires on the sides of our highways caused by people tossing out their lit cigarettes,” said Washington State Fire Marshal Chuck Duffy. “Tossing a lit cigarette from a vehicle isn’t just littering. It’s a separate violation that could cost you a $1,025 fine.”
Some of the other ways fires start can include:
• Refueling lawn mowers without giving the engine a chance to cool down. A small spill can become a big fire.
• Using metal blades on brush cutters. They can spark if they hit a rock or piece of metal and can easily start a fire in freshly cut brush.
• Salvaging, welding, or grinding metal near any kind of vegetation.
• Target shooting at rocks or metal in dry vegetation or using exploding targets.

It’s also important for everyone, not just those living in remote areas, to be ready in case fire strikes their neighborhood.

“Homeowners should also be taking steps to avoid the spread of any fire that does start,” said Major General Bret Daugherty, the state’s adjutant general. “Any dead plants or vegetation near your home should be removed as soon as possible. And woodpiles and propane tanks should be stored no closer than 30 feet from your home. I would also encourage Washingtonians to create a personal preparedness plan – and consider pre-loading your car with emergency supplies like water, food and vital records in case you’re asked to evacuate.”
In short, even in the face of bans on burning, there are many other kinds of activities that can lead to fire. Officials state-wide are urging everyone to be careful with all outdoor activities, even if they don’t plan to toast s ‘mores over a traditional camp fire.

Washington State Parks bans campfires in all state parks

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Parks department says that campfires in all state parks will be prohibited until further notice to help prevent human-caused wildfires during the hot, dry season on both sides of the Cascade Mountains. 

Campers will be allowed to use devices that allow for control of combustion, including propane and liquid gas stoves appropriate for camping and backcountry use; propane barbecue devices that do not use solid briquettes; propane or pressurized white gas warming devices that have a shield or base; and solid fuel citronella or other candles in a metal bucket or glass container. 

In prescribing the ban on campfires, Washington State Parks is following the lead of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which Tuesday notified the public of a ban on all outdoor burning on lands protected by DNR. That agency has fire protection responsibility on approximately 50 percent of state park lands. The State Parks ban on open fires and campfires in all state parks is intended to minimize public confusion and cooperate in DNR’s effort to prevent wildfires. 

DNR has said that significant demands are being placed upon fire suppression resources from regional and statewide firefighting efforts. Wildfires are often ignited by lightning, but most fires are caused by human activities, including carelessly tended outdoor fires.