A statewide burn ban has been extended through mid-October due to the long stretch of unusually dry weather. Washington had no measurable rain in August, and September was the third driest on record.
Bryan Flint with the state Department of Natural Resources says that adds up to extreme fire weather.
"We have an unprecedented situation where we have an extended stretch of dry conditions, and we have winds that are keeping everything dry. And so even though it’s October and the nights are cold and the days are short, we basically have August fire conditions."
The ban on outdoor burning applies to all DNR-protected land, including public, private and tribal lands on both sides of the Cascade Mountains. The only exception is federal land which has its own published restrictions. Campgrounds may also have additional restrictions in place.
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