- OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) responded to fires brought on by lighting and hot, dry weather conditions on July 8 and 9. Of the 13 fires that started Monday, all have been contained due to the work of firefighters across central Washington.
- There were 6,208 lightning strikes in a 24-hour period on July 9. Small, smoldering fires may still result from lightning strikes. Dry conditions and increased winds can fan the flames, creating delayed but very real fire danger. DNR crews, working with other agencies, are ready to respond to new fires as they are discovered over the next couple of days.
- As thunderstorms decrease, the potential for human-caused wildfires are a continuing concern. Continued heat and dry conditions are expected on both sides of the Cascades. Fire officials warn that the entire state will be warm and dry into next week. This year, DNR has responded to 335 fires, which have burned approximately 2,000 acres.
Statewide Burn Ban
In an effort to reduce human-caused wildfires, DNR issued a statewide burn ban on all DNR-protected lands, effective July 1, 2012, through September 30, 2012. The ban includes all forestlands in Washington except for federal lands. Campgrounds may have additional burn restrictions in place. Campers should check with their campground host before starting a campfire.