State to lift closure of DNR lands in Eastern Washington as wildfires wane

Wildfires burned across Washington this summer. (NW Interagency Coordinator, Twitter)

The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be lifting what’s been a months-long closure of its public lands on Thursday, with the risk of wildfires steadily decreasing.

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All recreational and public access to DNR-managed lands in Eastern Washington was closed in late July, with officials citing record numbers of wildfires driven by persistent drought conditions and excessive heat. That all made for what the DNR described as “unprecedented challenges” combined with the increased spread of COVID-19 in recent months. In total, crews

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