[9/9/16] National Forest Campfire Restrictions Lifted In 3 Counties

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Wenatchee—Campfire restrictions have been lifted on national forest lands in Chelan, Kittitas and Yakima Counties.  This means that forest visitors can once again enjoy campfires in all locations where campfires are normally allowed on the Chelan, Entiat, Wenatchee River, Cle Elum, and Naches Ranger Districts.  Normal year-round restrictions remain in effect prohibiting campfires within a half mile of some Wilderness Area lakes.  Please call individual ranger stations for specific information about these locations.


“Shorter daylight hours, cooler temperatures and some precipitation in the Cascades prompted us to permit campfires again.  Even though restrictions have been lessened, there is still a risk for wildland fires,” said Forest Fire Management Officer Keith Satterfield.


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.


Campfire restriction remain in effect for national forest lands in Okanogan County where campfires are allowed only in designated campgrounds and in Wilderness Areas.


Remember, fire danger remains high and every precaution should be taken to insure a campfire does not become a wildfire.  If you find an unattended fire or spot smoke, call 911.


For more information, please contact individual ranger district offices:


Chelan Ranger District, 509-682-4900

Entiat Ranger District, 509-784-4700

Wenatchee River Ranger District, 509-548-2550

Cle Elum Ranger District, 509-852-1100

Naches Ranger District, 509-653-1401