Practice fire safety this Labor Day weekend

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.

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Campfires prohibited in all state parks to help prevent wildfires

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.

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Western Washington campfire bans end

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.

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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.

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Washington State Parks banS campfires in state parks until further notice

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.