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Check Fire Restrictions Before Recreating 8/29/2013

It is critically important for recreationists to be aware of the current fire situation if they plan to recreate in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest during the Labor Day holiday weekend.

In Chelan County, campfires are allowed only in metal fire rings in national forest campgrounds, summer home sites under special use permit and most wilderness areas on the Chelan, Entiat and Wenatchee River Ranger Districts.

·         Contact the Chelan Ranger District office at 509-682-2576 for specific campfire restrictions for the Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness area.

·         Contact the Entiat Ranger District office at 509-784-1511 for campfire restrictions in the Mad Lakes area.

·         There are some other special sites, such as group camps, summer homes under permit and National Forest land in the northern portion of the Wenatchee River Ranger District (Lake Wenatchee area) where campfires are still allowed.  Please visit or call the Wenatchee River Ranger Station at 509-548-2550 for information on these sites. In the Alpine Lakes Wilderness campfires are not permitted above 5,000 feet elevation or within a half mile of most lakes.

Campfire restrictions are in effect for national forest lands in Kittitas and Yakima Counties. On the Naches Ranger District, campfires are allowed only in designated Wilderness areas and nowhere else. Please contact the Naches Ranger District office at 509-653-1401 for more information