Governor Jay Inslee today declared a state of emergency statewide regarding the growing risk of wildfires, including a statewide ban on most outdoor and agricultural burns until September 30, 2021.
“Washington is facing a historic drought and we have already experienced record heat. We must be vigilant in our efforts to prevent forest fires, and the loss of life and destruction of land and property that accompanies them,” Inslee said. âWe don’t want the past few years to be repeated with dangerous statewide wildfires that have destroyed towns, killed livestock and resulted in weeks of poor air quality. I urge everyone. to do our part to help protect our beautiful state and all of our communities. “
âWe saw a record number of fires early in the summer,â Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz said. âExtreme drought conditions put communities in our state at risk as the fire danger continues to increase. I ask everyone to do their part and take precautions to avoid forest fires. Our frontline firefighters rely on us to keep them safe. “
Although this ordinance includes certain exceptions to the prohibition on burning (for example, the use of gas stoves in certain circumstances and also small recreational campfires in structures confined to a person’s private property), nothing in the ordinance does not replace more restrictive provisions of a legal authority, such as city or county governments. The proclamation also activates the Washington National Guard to assist with wildfire suppression efforts.
Read the full proclamation here.