KIMA did a story on LT Murray Wildlife Area and interviewed a member of the Department of Fish and Wildlife but it appears they both cited the law incorrectly.
I contacted the Director's Office of WDFW which forwarded to the Enforcement Division and received a reply back today.
see attached file.
From: Preuss, Lori (DFW)
Sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 8:50 AM
To: DFW DL Enforcement Program
Subject: Emergency rule ban to prevent wildfires
Hello. Please see the attached emergency rule designed to prevent wildfires on WDFW lands. It bans several types of activities.
Lori Preuss, WSBA #33045
WDFW Criminal Justice Liaison &
Administrative Regulations Coordinator
My response back was
According to this new WAC the target practice is still allowed in designated areas of LT Murray Reserve.
WAC 232-13-13000A Firearms and target practicing
(1) Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-13-130, effective immediately until further
notice, it is unlawful on wildlife areas and access sites owned or controlled by the
department of fish and wildlife to discharge firearms for purposes of target practicing,
except in designated target-shooting areas.
(2) A violation of this section is an infraction punished under RCW 77.15.160(4)(b).
Thus with the exception it is still legal to shooting in designated areas though the Fish and Wildlife Officer stated no target shooting.
I have contacted local news agency and request they retract their earlier story.
Though there other new rules would be of importance of not getting out to the public such as Fires and Campfires, Smoking, Chainsaws and other power equipment, welding or other torch devices, motor vehicles off road ways all prohibited during these emergency designated time.
From my understanding the fires that were created as normally in Washington State are more related to Lighting Strikes not campfires, motor vehicles, smoking and so on but they only picked Firearms as the only new rule WDFW have created under an emergency law so no comment period for the public was given.