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Fires restricted due to dry, hot temperatures

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has restricted fires and other activities beginning June 30 on agency-managed lands in eastern Washington.

The restrictions are in place to reduce the risk of fire in wildlife areas and access areas.

"Following fire restrictions and exercising common sense are the most important steps people can take to preserve public recreation lands and wildlife habitat,"  said Cynthia Wilkerson, manager of the WDFW Lands Division.

An emergency order on agency lands east of the Cascades prohibits:

-Fires or campfires, including those in fire rings, although personal camp stoves and lanterns fueled by propane, liquid petroleum or liquid petroleum gas are allowed.

-Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle.

-Welding and the use of chainsaws. Operating a torch with an open flame and all equipment powered by an internal combustion engine is prohibited.

-Operating a motor vehicle away from developed roads. Parking is permitted within designated parking areas, including developed campgrounds and trailheads; and in areas without vegetation that are within 10 feet of roadways.

Fireworks are prohibited year-round at all 33 WDFW wildlife areas and 700-plus water access sites around the state.