DNR bans all outdoor burning on state lands

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The state Department of Natural Resources has expanded its burn ban to prohibit all outdoor burning including campfires and prescribed burns, the department announced Tuesday.

A previously announced statewide burn ban, which took effect July 1, excluded some recreational and prescribed fires. But with persistently hot and dry conditions creating an unusually high wildfire potential across Washington, Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark has decided to ban all outdoor burning, according to DNR. This week's weather forecast calls for possible lightning in some areas.

The ban applies to all DNR-protected lands, and prohibits campfires in all state, local and private campgrounds. It does not apply to federal lands, but other agencies may impose their own restrictions.

The ban will remain in effect at least through Sept. 30.