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Fire restrictions in effect on WDFW-managed lands, no smoking

Bruce Bjork, chief of WDFW’s enforcement program, said these restrictions are part of a larger effort by state, local and federal agencies to reduce the risk of further wildfires in Washington. That effort includes burn bans issued by most counties and for all forestlands protected by the state Department of Natural Resources.


“Firefighting crews are stretched thin with numerous wildfires burning in eastern Washington,” Bjork said. “So it’s important that everyone take every possible precaution to avoid sparking another wildfire.”


The restrictions on WDFW-managed lands will remain in effect until conditions improve and the risk of wildfires decreases, Bjork said. Any updates will be posted on WDFW’s website (http://wdfw.wa.gov/).


Before recreating on public or private lands, hunters and others should check with the appropriate landowner for any restrictions, Bjork said.


For more information on fires currently burning in Washington, visit the websites for the state Incident Information System (http://www.inciweb.org/state/49/), the state Department of Natural Resources (http://www.dnr.wa.gov/Pages/default.aspx) and the U.S. Forest Service (http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/okawen/home).

Forest Service seeks comment on two Olympic Penninsula thinning projects

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Wash. – The US Forest Service is proposing the thinning of about 5,000 acres in the Queets River watershed, north of Lake Quinault.
The purpose of the project is to restore and improve late-successional habitat conditions, generate economic activity, and provide jobs in the area.

The thinning would take place in Jefferson County, on Olympic National Forest, Pacific Ranger District, Sam’s River, Matheny Creek, Queets River, and Salmon River subwatersheds in the Queets River watershed, north of Lake Quinault. The department is seeking public comment on the proposed project.


Also open for public comment is the proposed thinning of 3,300 acres in the East Fork Humptulips watershed. To view the entire list, visit fs.usda.gov