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FIRE SAFETY UPDATE: Fire Rating Changes & Assistance For Thinning Trees

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OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today the following status updates in fire danger rating for the listed counties.

Effective at 12:01 a.m. on June 12, 2014, the following changes will be implemented:

· The fire danger will increase from ‘low’ to ‘moderate’ in Spokane, Okanogan, and Northern Lincoln counties, and Fire Districts 1 and 2 in Stevens County.

· The fire danger will remain ‘low’ in Pend Oreille, Ferry and Stevens counties, outside of Fire Districts 1 and 2.

Daily updates on burn restrictions are available at 1-800-323-BURN or on DNR’s website at www.dnr.wa.gov; then click on ‘fire information and prevention’ and go to ‘wildfire related maps.’ The ‘burn risk map’ link is in the bottom, right-hand corner.

Additionally, DNR would like to remind people who work in the forest environment to be mindful of industrial fire precaution levels. As the weather warms up and dries out the landscape, these precaution levels may change, resulting in additional restrictions for working in the woods.

DNR provides technical and financial assistance to landowners to help in thinning trees to reduce fire hazard and increase forest health. For more information, call the Northeast Region Office at (509) 684-7474.

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