Wildlife Refuge Complex burn ban now in effect

June 30, 2013 

Activities that could start a fire have been banned in the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources also announced a statewide burn ban from today to Sept. 30 on all state land under its protection.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife ban covers the Hanford Reach National Monument and the Columbia, Cold Springs, Conboy Lake, McKay Creek, McNary, Toppenish and Umatilla National Wildlife refuges.

Use of any fire on the refuges, including charcoal briquettes and cooking stoves, is prohibited. Also banned are smoking outside of an enclosed vehicle and operation of any motor without an approved spark arrester. Fireworks are banned all year.

The state ban prohibits all outdoor burning, except in campground fire pits, but allows the use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbecues.

Despite the recent rains, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service already has responded to several wildfires.

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