[8/5/16] Campfire Restrictions In Place on National Forest in Three Counties

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Campfire Restrictions Go into Effect on National Forest lands in Chelan, Kittitas and Yakima Counties

 

WENATCHEE—Campfire restrictions go into effect on national forest lands in Chelan, Kittitas and Yakima Counties this week.  Effective at 1 a.m. on August 5, campfires will be allowed only in established campgrounds and congressionally-designated Wilderness Areas.  In all other areas, building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire, including a fire made from briquettes, will be prohibited with certain exceptions. These restrictions are the result of increasing fire danger in national forest areas within these three counties.

Certain sites are exempt, such as group camps and summer homes under permit. Please visit or call the appropriate ranger station to obtain information on specific campground information and restrictions.

Most locales within the Glacier Peak, Chelan-Sawtooth, Alpine Lakes, Henry M. Jackson, Goat Rocks, Norse Peak, and William O. Douglas Wilderness Areas are also exempt.  However, some locations within these Wilderness Areas have standing campfire restrictions.  Please contact the appropriate ranger station for specific fire regulations pertaining to Wilderness Areas.

Persons using or maintaining pressurized liquid gas stoves or an enclosed solid fuel fire using a wick are also exempt from this campfire restriction. 

Fire managers on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest remind hikers, campers and recreationists to be extremely careful with any use of fire in the outdoors this summer. Escaped campfires are the leading cause of human-caused wildland fires on the Okanogan-Wenatchee NF.  Campfires typically become problems when campers fail to completely extinguish them before leaving campsites.

            Contact these Okanogan-Wenatchee NF offices for more information:  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; and Naches Ranger Station, 509-653-1401.

 

Industrial Fire Precaution Level Increases

 

WENATCHEE—The Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) in Zone 675 will increase to level II on Saturday, August 6.  When the IFPL is level II 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.

Zone 675 encompasses mainly lower elevation lands and is bounded on the east by the Columbia River.  Its western boundary runs south from the Okanogan-Wenatchee NF boundary through the Yakama Nation Reservation to the Klickitat County line, approximately through the center of the national forest and Yakama Reservation.

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF personal-use woodcutting permit holders should check with local ranger stations to obtain the current IFPL for their chosen woodcutting site before heading to the forest.

Woodcutters are also reminded to carefully read and adhere to the conditions of their personal use woodcutting permit, and to pay special attention to the fire safety equipment requirements.

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.  Industrial Fire Precaution Level maps are available at http://www.dnr.wa.gov/ifpl .