Washington is under a statewide burn ban due to the extreme heat sweeping over the state as of July 28.
Commissioner of Public Lands, Hilary Franz, issued a statewide burn ban on July 27 on all forestland under the Washington State Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) fire protection, according to a press release on July 28.
This covers 12 million acres of public and private land. The order is set to last until Sept. 30, unless fire conditions improve.
There is also a burn restriction in Grant County from June 30 to the beginning of October.
The burn ban and restriction were prompted by prolonged hot, dry weather conditions across the state along with gusty winds that can spread a wildfire quickly.
Grant County Fire District #3 District Chief Don Fortier said that Grant County has been lucky because all of the surrounding counties have been pretty busy with large wildfires. He encourages people to be careful, but said that county residents have done a fantastic job so far.
Recently, there were four large fires burning in Washington:
• The largest is the Colockum Fire near Wenatchee, which has burned 3,337 acres, as of July 28. Approximately, 2,305 of those acres are DNR jurisdiction. The other 1,032 acres are in Chelan County Fire District 1 jurisdiction.
• The second largest is the Anglin Fire, located just east of Tonasket, is 100% contained as of Aug. 1. The fire burned a total of 1992 acres.
• The Greenhouse Fire near Nespelem burned 5,146 acres and is 100% Contained as of July 31.
• The Green Fire, near Synarep, is 100% contained as of Aug. 2. after burning 1480 acres.
“We’ll continue to respond with our air and ground assets as needed, but we hope the public will take the burn ban seriously. Not only are we putting firefighters in danger with each wildfire, but we are also risking their exposure to COVID-19 with smoky conditions and a close working environment. We want and need healthy first responders for the duration of the wildfire season,” said George Geissler, deputy for DNR’s Wildfire Division, according to the press release.