In light of the prolonged stretch of dry weather since July, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources is extending the statewide burn ban through Monday, Oct. 15.
The ban on outdoor burning applies to all DNR-protected public, private and tribal lands on both sides of the Cascade Mountains.
The National Weather Service expects the current danger of extreme fire weather in Western Washington to continue through the weekend because Washington has had no measurable rain in August and September.
The warning was spurred by an unusual weather pattern causing relative humidity to remain uncharacteristically low overnight. The exceptionally low overnight humidity causes grasses, brush and other ‘fuels’ to become bone dry.
The 12 million acres affected by the ban includes all forestlands in Washington, except for federal lands which have their own published restrictions. Campgrounds may have additional burn restrictions in place, so campers should check with their campground host before starting a campfire.
If you see a fire or unattended campfire, call 9-1-1 or 800-562-6010.
Currently, Clallam County has a high fire danger warning.
Check for fire danger levels by county at here.