August 26, 2015
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Citizens asked to coordinate with DNR to support firefight

Olympia For the first time in state history, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is setting up temporary community resource coordination centers for those wishing to commit time or equipment to fighting the current storm of wildfires.
With firestorms raging throughout the state, DNR fire incident command posts and dispatch centers have been inundated with offers from citizens to support firefighting efforts.
"If people want to help, we'd like them to contact our coordinators so we can work on getting them safely and appropriately involved," said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark.
DNR to close eastern Washington forests to industrial activities due to fire danger

Olympia- For what's believed to be the first time in more than twenty years, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is acting to shut down all industrial forest activities across almost all of eastern Washington's forested areas.
The move to a Level 4 Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) is based on extreme fire danger across the eastern half of the state. DNR sets IFPLs to manage wildfire risk from industrial forest activities such as timber harvest operations and road construction. Level 4, the highest state level, prohibits all such activities.
Editors and publishers of Washington's community newspapers

By Scott Wilson
Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader
Our brothers and sisters of the community newspapers located in the fire-ravaged Okanogan, Ferry and Chelan counties are busy trying to keep their communities safe. The fires are still raging; evacuations are still in effect; homes are being lost today and more will be lost tomorrow. Dry winds and no rain on the horizon.
As a native of the Okanogan valley and timberland owner in Ferry County, I know how tinder-dry the forests and sageland are. I have heard from many people about burned out homes, close calls, lost livestock, and a general struggle to survive to fight the fires and help each other out another day. Three young men, all of them with local roots, died in the Methow. These are tough, hardy people, but they need help from the outside.
Injured DNR firefighters recovering

Olympia Two Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wildland firefighters, who were injured on Aug. 19 as they fought a fire near Twisp, are recuperating. DNR employee Donald Smith was treated and released the day of the incident, while Reed Callis was kept overnight and released the next day.
A contractor working with the DNR fire team also has been released from the hospital. Three U.S. Forest Service employees were killed and a fourth seriously injured when they were overrun by flames on the same day.
Resources arrive in WA following approval of Emergency Declaration

After theObama Administration's approval of Gov. Inslee's request for a Federal Emergency Declaration, a new Mobilization Center started being formedto assist with firefighting efforts in Eastern Washington.
Just one day following the Obama Administration's approval of Gov. Jay Inslee's request for a Federal Emergency Declaration, a new Mobilization Center started being formed at Fairchild Air Force Base to assist with firefighting efforts in Eastern Washington.