PACIFIC COUNTY - The Washington State Department of Natural Resources, in conjunction with officials in Wahkiakum and Pacific counties, lifted seasonal burn restrictions effective 12:01 a.m., Friday, Sept. 26.
"Weather conditions have moderated somewhat in parts of Western Washington, but the fire season is not over and we will need everyone's best efforts to prevent dangerous wildfires," said Commissioner of Public Lands Doug Sutherland.
Recent rainfall in the area has increased moisture levels in large woody fuel debris (logs lying on the ground) and there are no extended periods of hot or windy conditions in the extended weather forecast for the area. Fire managers stress that good fire prevention practices are still needed.
The best way to keep fires safe and legal is to follow all outdoor burning regulations by completely extinguishing fires until they are completely out and cold to the touch. The use of a burn barrel is illegal.
More information on local fire restrictions is available from the following sources:
? Wahkiakum County: Contact the Fire Marshals Office at 360-795-3301 or the Southwest Washington Clean Air Agency at 1-800-633-0709 or www.swcleanair.org.
? Pacific County: Contact the Department of Community Development at 360-642-9382 or the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency at 1-800-422-5623 or www.orcaa.org.
For information about silvicultural burning, or burning for forestry purposes, call 1-800-323-BURN (2876). View fire conditions by county on the DNR website at: http://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/firedanger. For more specific information about fire conditions, call the DNR Pacific Cascade Region at 360-577-2025.