The state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has tightened restrictions on burning in light of drought and increased wildfire concerns.
DNR announced last week that so far in 2021, there have been 216 fires that the agency has responded to that started as unattended or improperly extinguished burn piles — which account for nearly half of the 437 wildfires statewide this year.
That compares to the 10-year average of 178 fires at this time of year, according to DNR. As of Friday (June 11), permit burns will not be allowed in the Methow. Campfires will only be allowed in approved designated campgrounds in the Chelan, Kaniksu, Lower Basin, Lower Yakima, Upper Basin, Upper Yakima and Valley Fire Danger Rating Areas.