Exploding Target Caused Wildland Fire


The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released an investigation report for the Dog Mountain Fire in East Lewis County that started in May of this year. The report concluded that the cause of the fire was a commercially made or homemade exploding target. The cost  of the fire was approximately $525,000.

The fire started the afternoon of May 4. 100 firefighters and two helicopters fought the blaze. It was contained to approximately 200 acres. At this time, there are no suspects, but if you have any information, please report it to DNR’s Pacific Cascade Region in Castle Rock, 360-577-2025 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Administrative Code (WAC) 332-52-145, exploding targets are illegal on DNR-managed lands. DNR wants to encourage you to be fire safe this summer. The hot temperatures will rapidly dry out the landscape.


July 3, 2013/Information from DNR

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