Washington State Parks banS campfires in state parks until further notice

August 2, 2013

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 2, 2013

Washington State Parks has announced that campfires are banned in all state parks until further notice.

The ban is to help prevent human-cause wildfires during the hot, dry season on both sides of the Cascade Mountains. For the Issaquah area, this affects both Lake Sammamish and Squak Mountain state parks.

Campers may still use devices that allow for control of combustion, including propane and liquid gas stoves appropriate for camping and backcountry use, propane barbecue devices that do not use solid briquettes, propane or pressurized white gas warming devices that have a shield or base, and solid fuel citronella or other candles in a metal bucket or glass container.

This ban follows a similar ban by the Department of Natural Resources, which has fire protection responsibility of about 50 percent of state park lands.

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One Response to “Washington State Parks banS campfires in state parks until further notice”

  1. Mike on August 2nd, 2013 11:36 am

    So if you want to camp with a campfire go do it somewhere in the woods where there isn’t someone to catch you – too bad that happens to be where there aren’t property fire pits and you’re more likely to actually catch something on fire.

    Have a couple of sites reserved still for this summer, hope they are planning on giving refunds.

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