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Campfire restrictions reduced on some National Forest lands

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Campfire in a designated fire pit. (Stock image)

Wenatchee, WA—Effective Sept. 20, 2017, campfire restrictions have been reduced on National Forest lands in Chelan, Kittitas and Yakima Counties. Campfire restrictions remain in effect for National Forest lands in Okanogan County where less rain has been received.

This means that forest visitors can once again enjoy campfires in designated campgrounds, at certain wilderness areas, at summer homes under special use permit, and at some other sites such as group camps and resorts. A complete list of current restrictions is available at this link. 

Information about designated campgrounds and their camping areas can be found here. Outside of these areas, campfire restrictions remain in effect.

“Shorter daylight hours, cooler temperatures and some precipitation in the Cascades prompted us to permit campfires again,” said Forest Fire Management Officer Keith Satterfield. “Even though restrictions have been lessened, there is still a risk for wildland fires. The campfire ban for National Forest lands in Okanogan County remains in effect as rainfall has been minimal there and forest fuels remain very dry.”

Forest visitors should use an established fire pit or campfire ring in campgrounds, clear flammable materials from around the pit, keep the fire small, and make sure it is dead out and cold to the touch before leaving. Please observe all campfire restrictions and remember that fireworks and exploding targets are never allowed on National Forests. If you find an unattended fire, call 911.

(Submitted by Robin DeMario, USFS)

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