OLYMPIA, Wash. — To reduce the risk of wildfires, state officials are restricting target shooting on the Wenas Wildlife Area near Yakima and Ellensburg, Washington.

The restriction by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will be in effect June 15 through Sept. 30.

It limits target shooting to the hours between sunrise and 10 a.m., when the risk of starting a wildfire is less severe.

The department has restricted target shooting every summer since 2012. They closed the area to all shooting in the summers of 2014 and 2015 due to extreme fire danger.

State land managers ask that all visitors to the wildlife area take precautions to avoid igniting a wildfire.