September 5, 2015
NEW — Noon Sept. 5, 2015
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission lifted the ban on campfires in state parks in Western Washington and ocean beaches in the Seashore Conservation Area.
Western Washington is considered the region west of the crest of the Cascade Mountain range.
Wood and charcoal campfires and propane campfire pits are now allowed in Western Washington state parks. However, park managers still have the discretion to restrict campfires in campgrounds based on their assessment of conditions. Campfires are allowed in approved fire pits only. Park managers also may require smaller fires than are normally acceptable.
July 31, 2015
NEW — 5:50 p.m. July 31, 2015
Our state is now experiencing the most dangerous wildfire weather of the year, with crackling-dry forests and grasslands, soaring temperatures and increased probability of multiple fires.
Recent wildfires in the Issaquah area offer a vivid reminder of the risk.
A blaze in the Klahanie neighborhood came within 100 feet of homes July 28. Two days later, Eastside Fire & Rescue battled another wildfire just east of Issaquah along Interstate 90.
And today there was a brush fire near I-90 in Preston.
July 2, 2015
A Level 2, medium fire ban has been enacted at Lake Sammamish State Park.
August 30, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 30, 2014
This three-day Labor Day weekend, fire experts with the Washington Department of Natural Resources are urging campers, hikers, woodcutters and other forest visitors to be especially careful with fire this weekend. Despite some recent rain and cooler weather, fire danger remains high.
“Even though our large fires have been contained, we are still seeing new fires,” Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark said in a news release. “We’re asking people to be extremely cautious over the Labor Day weekend.”
In an effort to reduce human-caused wildfires, the department issued a statewide burn ban on all lands under department protection, effective through Sept. 30. The ban applies to all forestlands in Washington state, except federal lands. While campfires are allowed in approved pits west of the Cascade crest in all state, local and private campgrounds, they are not allowed east of the Cascades.
August 12, 2014
NEW — 9:35 a.m. Aug. 12, 2014
Washington State Parks announced today that campfires in all state parks will be prohibited until further notice to help prevent human-caused wildfires during the hot, dry season on both sides of the Cascade Mountains.
Locally, that includes Lake Sammamish State Park and Squak Mountain State Park.
The prohibition on campfires in state parks complies with the announcement Monday by Washington State Department of Natural Resources, which notified the public of a ban on all outdoor burning on lands protected by the department, through Sept. 30.
That agency has fire protection responsibility for all but a few state parks. Prohibiting open fires and campfires in all state parks is intended to minimize public confusion and cooperate with the department’s effort to prevent wildfires.
August 20, 2013
State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark announced Aug. 15 that he lifted the ban for recreational fires in approved fire pits within developed campgrounds under Department of Natural Resources fire protection within state, county, municipal or other campgrounds west of the Cascade Mountain crest.
Western Washington still bans other outdoor burning, and the bans in eastern Washington remain.
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.
August 2, 2013
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.