Access restrictions in the state include Fish and Wildlife lands but national forests remain open


After the state Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday it was closing access to all its recreational lands in Eastern Washington because of extreme fire danger, the U.S. Forest Service said its lands will remain open.

But the Forest Service warned Tuesday that the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest remains in Stage 2 fire restrictions, meaning all wood, wood stove, charcoal briquette and open flame fires are prohibited, including in campgrounds.

Also Tuesday, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced it was closing overnight access to its wildlife areas in Eastern Washington, including water access.

As of Friday, those areas will be day use only.

Access to some Forest Service and Fish and Wildlife areas has already been closed off because of active fires in the area.