Starting today, the annual burn ban on lands protected by the Department of Natural Resources goes into effect. At this time, the ban will be in place until September 30th. The burn ban applies to all forestlands in Washington that are under DNR protection. Already this year, DNR has responded to 57 wildfires, mostly started by fire that escaped from outdoor burn piles. The ban applies to all outdoor burning on DNR-protected lands, except for recreational fires in approved fire pits inside officially-designated campgrounds. Gas and propane barbecues are also allowed under this ban. DNR-approved prescribed fires are also allowed under specific terms lined out by the agency. This burn ban takes precedence over and supersedes all other burn bans currently in effect on DNR lands. The ban does NOT cover federal forest lands.