Target Shooting Ban Lifted Two Weeks Early

Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz is lifting the ban on target shooting on state-managed lands on Saturday, September 15, two weeks earlier than anticipated.   “Thank you to our target shooters for your patience and for taking precautions to reduce wildfires this summer,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary…


Public Lands Commissioner Franz Touring Eastern Washington

Fire season has begun, and Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz is hosting three Town Hall outreach events to make sure communities are prepared and engaged. The events are scheduled in Yakima (June 26), Chelan (June 27), and Spokane (June 28). Commissioner Franz leads the Department of Natural Resources – the…


DNR Raises Fire Danger Level in Okanogan County

From a press release – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in cooperation with partnering agencies, is implementing the following changes in the fire danger rating and burn restrictions on DNR-protected lands. Check with local jurisdictions for additional restrictions. Effective 12:01 a.m. June 15, 2018: Fire Danger Rating…


DNR Offering Tips to Avoid Wildfire this Holiday Weekend

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources says there has already been 89 wildfires this year. Public Information Officer Dana Leavitt says there are some basics to not have any this weekend. “You always leave your campfires totally out. Don’t walk away from them. Make sure they’re out by using…


Summer Fire Rules Now in Effect

Even with this wet, rainy spring, Washington’s summer fire rules officially begin Sunday, April 15, as specified by state law. “Whether fire season is delayed or not, Washington’s forests always face the threat of wildfire,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz. “We’re preparing now to be ready for fire…


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Wildland Fire Strategic Plan Meeting on April 30th

North Central Washington residents will be able to hear the state Department of Natural Resources wildland fire protection strategic plan on April 30th. DNR Spokeswoman Janet Pearce says there will be a lot of information. “What we plan on doing at these open houses is present what our thoughts are,…