USFS tightens restrictions on campfires throughout Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

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Campfires are now banned across almost all of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests. The campfire ban went into effect Friday and prohibits maintaining, attending or using a campfire and using charcoal briquette barbecues or other devices that use solid fuels.

Robin DeMario, Public Affairs Specialist with the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Service, says these restrictions are an extension of many campfire bans already in place.

“With the continued hot and dry conditions, and the temperatures just being so hot, it prompted us to expand those existing conditions or restrictions to a ban on campfires across most of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest,” DeMario said.

A temporary ban also began Sunday in parts of the national forest on cutting firewood with a power saw for commercial or personal use.

Most state parks in our area are also allowing only gas or propane camping stoves. No charcoal or wood fires are allowed.