Inslee updates wildfire state of emergency proclamation

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Gov. Jay Inslee today updated the wildfire state of emergency proclamation.

The changes were made to clarify language around the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) hosting small wildfires on DOC property for religious purposes (like sweat lodges) and authorizes organic orchardists to perform “flaming” or “flame weeding,” a technique by which farmers use a small torch to kill weeds at the base of fruit trees, rather than inorganic herbicides.

The update also extends the waiver of truck driver service hours rules for fuel carriers through mid-September. All other service hour exemptions remain the same, including expiration dates.

Read the full proclamation here.

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