by: Nick McGurk Updated:
MASON COUNTY, Wash. - The Department of Natural Resources has imposed a total burn ban statewide, including campfires, and officials say anybody who starts a fire could be subject to criminal or civil penalties.
The announcement came as three major wildfires are burning west of the Cascade Mountains, with some dozen burning that have the potential to become big.
Possible lightning Monday night worries fire crews, as well.
The Haven Lake Fire, in Mason County’s Skokomish Valley, is burning more than 200 acres on private logging land.
“We could get a new call at any moment right now,” said Aaron Schmidt, an incident commander.
He says this has been the worst fire season he has seen in 20 years.
A DNR spokesperson emailed this information to KIRO 7 about the fire season so far in 2014:
More than $91 million has been spent battling fires. In total, more than 350,000 acres have burned.
Many weeks remain in the fire season.
“We’re seeing cumulative fatigue with our firefighters, we’ve seen resources that have been expended, and so it’s making for a very long fire season,” said Schmidt.