OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) allowed the statewide burn ban on DNR-protected lands to expire on Oct. 1. Recent rainfall and moderating temperatures have reduced fire danger in most areas of the state. The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center’s October 2011 outlook calls for near normal temperatures and above normal precipitation.

    Although the statewide burn ban will expire, some areas of the state remain dry, and people need to follow the conditions of their burning permits. Check DNR’s burn-risk website at http://bit.ly/nonie or call 800-323-BURN for any local burning restrictions. DNR urges continued caution with all potential fire sources, including tools, vehicles, camp stoves and other equipment and activities.

    As of Oct. 1, forest landowners were again allowed to conduct silvicultural burning subject to the conditions of their written burning permit or under DNR rules for burning without a permit.

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