Restrictions Eased on Campfires


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

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.


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Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.