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Campfire Restrictions, Increased Fire Danger in Parts of Eastern Washington

Jun 21, 2019

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in cooperation with partnering agencies, will implement the following changes in burn restrictions on DNR-protected lands. Check with local jurisdictions for additional restrictions.


Effective 12:01 a.m., June 21, 2019:

  • In the Valley Fire Danger Rating Area, all campfires, including those in campgrounds are prohibited in Okanogan County.
  • Campfires in approved designated campgrounds are currently permitted in the Valley Fire Danger Rating Area in Douglas and Chelan Counties.

Effective 12:01 a.m., June 21, 2019:

  • Fire danger will increase from moderate to high in the Chelan Fire Danger Rating Area.

New Fire Danger Rating System

In Eastern Washington, a new fire danger rating system has been implemented. Instead of basing the fire danger rating by county, it is now based on geographic areas that share similar fuels, climate, and topography in addition to administrative boundaries and is now called Fire Danger Rating Areas (FDRA’s). This change was developed with the intent of having a common fire behavior component, and was developed through interagency collaboration and to help clarify messages with multiple agencies.


Daily updates on burn restrictions and Industrial Fire Precaution Levels are available at 1-800-323-BURN or on the Fire Danger and Outdoor Burning risk map athttps://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/protection/firedanger/ and Industrial Fire Precaution Levels map https://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/protection/ifpl/.

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