Regional News

Commissioner Franz Urges Residents, Recreationists to ‘Play it Safe’ this Wildfire Season

News Release


Apr 23, 2021
Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz is encouraging residents to play it safe when it comes to human-caused wildfires.  …





Secretary Bernhardt Renames Third Power Plant at Grand Coulee After Father-Son Hydropower Pioneers


Aug 14, 2020
On August 12,  U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt announced the Third Power Plant at Grand Coulee Dam…

WDFW director authorizes lethal action in Leadpoint wolf pack


Aug 14, 2020
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Director Kelly Susewind today authorized the incremental removal of wolves…

Eastern Washington Increasing Campfire Restrictions and Fire Precaution Levels


Aug 13, 2020
Due to the continuous dry, hot weather, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today more changes…

Hot, Dry Conditions Prompt Commissioner Franz to Enact Statewide Burn Ban

News Release


Jul 28, 2020
Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz signed an order yesterday creating a statewide burn ban on all forestland under the…

Campfire restrictions go into effect on the National Forest July 24


Jul 23, 2020
Beginning Friday, July 24, campfire restrictions go into effect on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Campfires will be…