State Department of Fish and Wildlife eases fire restrictions

OLYMPIA — The Department of Fish and Wildlife has lifted fire restrictions, including the temporary ban on target shooting, on the state lands it manages.

The restrictions were relaxed because cooler temperatures and higher humidity reduced wildfire risks.

“People are welcome to build campfires and sight in their hunting firearms on lands managed by WDFW,” said Cynthia Wilkerson, the department’s Lands Division manager.

Restrictions will remain in place in wildlife areas in Benton, Franklin, Yakima and Kittitas counties through Oct. 15, and in Adams, Grant and Klickitat counties through Oct. 31.

Those areas remain vulnerable to wildfires later into the fall, according to a Fish and Wildlife press release.

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