John McKay

With temperatures across the state rising in general during this heat wave, the Department of Natural Resources has now made a statewide burn ban on all DNR managed acreage.

This includes some 890,000 acres in 15 counties in our region (there are four of them in state), from Yakima down through Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla.

These include the Hanford Site, and the Juniper Dunes area, just to name a few.

The burn ban means no campfires or any other type of burning. DNR officials also stress not to perform any activities that carry with them a high fire danger. There are several fires already being fought on DNR lands, including:

  • The largest is the Colockum Fire near Wenatchee, which has burned 3,337 acres. Approximately, 2,305 of those acres are DNR jurisdiction. The other 1,032 acres are on Chelan County Fire District 1 jurisdiction.
  • The second largest is the Anglin Fire, located just east of Tonasket, is estimated at 1,200 acres and growing.
  • The Greenhouse Fire near Nespelem has burned 5,146 acres and is at 64% containment.
  • The Green Fire, near Synarep, is at roughly 700 acres and is, at this point, uncontained.

It is not known how long the ban will be in effect.