BLM Issues Fire Restrictions Order in Eastern Washington
Spokane, WA – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Spokane District has increased fire restrictions on public lands administered by the BLM and the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) in eastern Washington. The fire restrictions order has been modified to prohibit discharging a firearm, except while engaged in lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal or tribal law and regulations. The building, maintaining, attending or using a fire of any type, including charcoal briquette fires is also now prohibited.
The temporary ban will take effect September 21, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. in the following counties: Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman, and Yakima.
The new restrictions are expected to be in effect until fire conditions change. The agency is encouraging target shooters to visit local private and public target range facilities during this time.
In addition to prohibiting target shooting and campfires, restrictions on the use of off-road vehicles, and smoking are still in effect. A complete, modified fire restriction order is attached to this release.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.