700 wildfires burned 156 square miles in Wash. state

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Department of Natural Resources says it fought nearly 700 wildfires this year that burned a total of more than 156 square miles in Washington.

Spokesman Peter Lavallee says final numbers are still being tallied. The department dropped its burn ban Wednesday on state-protected lands as rainfall is increasing and temperatures are falling.

The largest fire was the Colockum Tarps fire that burned about 125 square miles in July and August south of Wenatchee.

The department is responsible for fighting fires on 20,313 square miles of state, tribal and private lands in Washington.