Sedro Woolley, WA– Effective Monday, July 31, campfires or the ignition of wood, briquettes, or any fuel in fire pits, fire pans, and barbeque grills, are banned in Lake Chelan National Recreation Area and the area of North Cascades National Park located in Chelan County.
This includes all National Park Service lands south and east of Cascade Pass, Park Creek Pass and Rainy Pass as well as the entire Stehekin Valley. Stoves or grills that are solely fueled by liquid petroleum fuels are allowed in all locations.
In the areas of North Cascades National Park unaffected by this ban, campfires are permitted in established fire pits. Check with surrounding agencies and counties for any additional fire restrictions.
Ensure that campfires are out and cold to the touch before leaving the area. Use caution when smoking and do not discard cigarette butts.
Discharging, or using any kind of fireworks, tracer ammunition or other incendiary devices in any location on federal lands is always prohibited.
If smoke or flames are visible, please dial 911 or report at any ranger station. More information at www.nps.gov/noca.
(By Denise M. Shultz, North Cascades National Park Service Complex)