Hot, dry conditions prompt statewide burn ban on DNR land

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state commissioner of public lands has ordered a statewide burn ban because of hot and dry weather conditions. Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz says the order goes into effect Tuesday and will remain in effect through Sept. 30 unless fire conditions improve. The ban covers all 12 million acres of public and private forestland under the Washington State Department of Natural Resources’ fire protection. Franz says the announcement comes after a spike in wildfires over the weekend. Currently, she said four large fires are burning in Washington, the largest of which is near Wenatchee.