DNR urges safety this Fourth of July weekend

Staff


Last year, fireworks caused 27 wildfires on the public and private lands DNR protects from wildfire. 

DNR records show wildfires occur more on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, when more people visit DNR-protected lands. Unattended campfires, faulty vehicle or motorcycle mufflers, careless disposal of cigarettes, and reckless outdoor burning also boost the Fourth of July weekend’s forest fire potential.

Fireworks and incendiary devices, such as exploding targets, are prohibited year-round on public lands managed by DNR. For all other forestlands throughout the state, incendiary devices are prohibited from April 15 and October 15, regardless of who owns or manages the forestland.

Fire safety tips

·       Before discharging fireworks, check to see if they are allowed in that location. It is illegal to discharge fireworks on state-protected private and public lands;

·       Do not park any vehicles in dry, grassy areas as the heat from exhaust systems can ignite the dry grass;

·       Never leave a campfire unattended, and be sure it is completely out before leaving the area;

·       Be sure recreational vehicles have operating spark arresters.

For those staying closer to home, DNR encourages everyone to focus on “Knowing Your Role” when it comes to preparing your community for wildfire. Visithttp://fireadapted.org/ to learn more about defensible space, fire-resilient building construction, community wildfire prevention planning, the Firewise Program, andReady, Set, Go!

Stay connected during wildfire season

·       DNR’s Fire Twitter: http://twitter.com/waDNR_fire

·       DNR Fire Update:  http://www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/rp_fire_currentfireinfodailyupdates.pdf

·       New Address for Incident Information System (InciWeb): http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/