DNR-managed lands in Eastern Washington closed due to extreme fire danger

The Department of Natural Resources closed all of its Eastern Washington lands to the public due to extreme fire danger.

The closure goes into effect on midnight on July 23.

The closure applies to all DNR-managed state lands, conservation areas, community forests and any associated roads, trails, campgrounds, recreational sites or recreational facilities.

The closure comes after the Red Apple Fire destroyed over 12,000 acres in recent weeks.

“This summer is smashing all our records and leaving the state bone dry, leaving eastern Washington to face an ongoing, tremendous risk of wildfire,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz.