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Fire Danger

Posted on 31st July 2013 at 16:06

There’s a Fire Weather Watch out for the Gifford Pinchot, Mt. Hood and Willamette National Forests, warning of the possibility of wildfires as dry lightning storms are possible today. The alert went up at midnight last night, and will be in effect through tomorrow night. Cowlitz County Emergency Management says that the storms are expected to move up from the south, starting today and continuing through tomorrow night. With “critically dry” fuels in the woods, the possibility of these storms starting a fire is extremely high. In addition, effective immediately, all outdoor burning is banned on lands protected by the Department of Natural Resources, including campfires and prescribed burns. Until further notice, NO campfires are allowed on DNR-protected lands, even in developed campgrounds. RV’s will need to have operating spark arresters, and you’re advised to avoid parking vehicles in dry, grassy areas, as residual heat from exhaust systems could ignite those grasses. You’re also reminded that it’s illegal to discharge fireworks on DNR lands, along with the use of incendiary ammunition or exploding targets. Get more information on the DNR website, or from Cowlitz County Emergency Management.