State park campfires banned until further notice
August 6, 2013
Washington State Parks announced July 31 that campfires are banned in all state parks until further notice.
The ban is to help prevent human-caused 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 state Department of Natural Resources, which has fire protection responsibility of about 50 percent of state park lands.