Campfire Restrictions Expanded Forest-wide; Industrial Fire Precaution Levels Raised; No Fireworks Reminder

Release Date: Jun 30, 2021

No campfires graphicDue to increased fire danger related to the current heatwave, expanded campfire restrictions go into effect on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest on July 1, 2021.

The expanded restriction prohibits all wood, wood stove, charcoal briquette, and open flame fires forest-wide including campgrounds and Wilderness areas.

The use of pressurized liquid gas stoves is an acceptable alternative, provided such devices are used in areas that are barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable material within 3 feet of the device and meet the fire underwriter’s specifications for safety.

No campfires sign graphic“We very much appreciate the public’s understanding and cooperation as added restrictions have become necessary to reduce the threat of wildfire on national forest lands,” Acting Forest Fire Staff Officer Kyle Cannon said. “The extreme heat has resulted in rapidly drying fuels and we are now experiencing high fire danger conditions throughout the forest. The situation changed rapidly over the last week and we are being responsive to conditions on the ground as well as the concerns of local communities. We recognize that this is earlier than we typically see full fire restrictions in place and we appreciate the public’s support and diligence in preventing human caused fires.”

In addition to the campfire ban, the following acts are also prohibited:

  • Smoking is not allowed except within an enclosed vehicle, building, designated campground, or while standing in an area three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material
  • Parking or driving a vehicle off National Forest roads and trails except minimum travel over bare mineral soil to access dispersed camping
  • Possessing, discharging, or using any kind of firework or pyrotechnic device
  • Using an explosive like exploding targets

In conjunction with expanded campfire restrictions, and in response to increased fire danger, starting July 2, woodcutting is being temporarily suspended in Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) Zones 609E, 609W, 675, 678, 684, and 686 managed by the Wenatchee National Forest, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, and Yakama Bureau of Indian Affairs. IFPL III shuts down all woodcutting for these zones until fire danger eases.

Also, on July 2, the Industrial Fire Precaution Level will increase to Level II in zones 678E, 678W, 680, 685, 687, and 688. IFPL II limits the time woodcutting may occur during the day; firewood cutters and industrial operators are restricted to morning hours of operation only, and must shut down chainsaws and other equipment by 1 p.m. Following equipment shut down, a one-hour fire watch must be maintained. Current IFPL information

Woodcutters and recreationists are encouraged to stay in contact with Forest Service offices as the summer fire season progresses in order to obtain current information on fire danger and any restrictions on activities that may be in effect. 

Information is also available on the Fire Restrictions website

No Fireworks on National ForestsAs the Fourth of July approaches, forest visitors are reminded that fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices, including exploding targets, are illegal year-round in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. “We want people to enjoy this great national holiday and to do so in a manner that best ensures their safety and that of our natural resources, but fireworks pose a substantial wildfire risk and should be left at home,” Cannon said. “Any spark, whether it be from a dragging tow chain, a cigarette, a hot vehicle muffler, an exploding target, or a firework has the potential to cause a wildfire right now.”

Contact these Okanogan-Wenatchee NF offices for more information

  • Methow Valley Ranger District, 509-996-4000
  • Chelan Ranger Station, 509-682-4900
  • Entiat Ranger Station, 509-784-4700
  • Wenatchee River Ranger Station, 509-548-2550
  • Cle Elum Ranger Station, 509-852-1100
  • Naches Ranger Station, 509-653-1401

Although offices are closed, information receptionists are taking calls and returning calls to messages during regular office hours, Monday-Friday.

 

 


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