Campfire burn ban lifted for Western Washington state parks

August 16, 2014

By Staff

NEW – 6 a.m. Aug. 16, 2014

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has lifted the ban on campfires in Western Washington state parks.

Western Washington is considered the region west of the crest of the Cascade Mountain range. Those include Lake Sammamish State Park and Squak Mountain State Park.

Washington State Parks wants the public to know that park managers have the discretion to restrict campfires in campgrounds, based on their assessment of conditions, which may change quickly.

Campfires are allowed in approved fire pits only. Park managers may also require smaller fires than are normally acceptable.

“We understand how important campfires are to our visitors’ camping experience,” State Parks Director Don Hoch said in a news release. “Even with the recent rains, we are still concerned about the possibility of wildfire.

“We urge everyone to use extreme caution and to let our staff know if they encounter any hazardous conditions in state parks. This summer’s fire season has been unprecedented, and we appreciate everyone’s understanding.”

The public is encouraged to check individual parks’ web pages for any exceptions regarding campfire restrictions. Go to www.parks.wa.gov and click on the “Parks” link for a list of all parks. Any campfire restrictions will be listed under the “Alert Center” section of the web page.

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