Restrictions Eased on Campfires

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With rain and cooler temperatures coming into Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is now permitting campfires in designated campgrounds on State managed lands. The statewide burn ban instituted Sept. 6 still prohibits all other outdoor burning. For a fuller description of activities prohibited by the burn ban, go to www.dnr.wa.gov/burn-restrictions

The US Forest Service also reports Campfire restrictions have been reduced on the Chelan, Entiat, Wenatchee River, Cle Elum and Naches Ranger Districts. Campfires will now be allowed but only in designated campgrounds. Campfires are still prohibited district-wide on the Methow Valley and Tonasket Ranger Districts. Prfopane stoves are allowed.

Also, Chelan County Fire District 3 Chief Kelly Obrien has lifted the ban on campfires on private properties within the District’s boundaries including Leavenworth. Campfires are allowed on private property in an approved pit or commercial device. All briquette barbeques are also allowed.