State Parks urges extra caution during heat wave

Park visitors encouraged to check ahead for possible campfire restrictions

With the potential for record-breaking heat across the state this week, Washington State Parks urges campers to be extra cautious with campfires and to be aware of the possibility of campfire restrictions in some state parks.

As temperatures rise and dry conditions persist, the risk for wildfire increases. Campers and visitors to state parks should check ahead before heading out to learn what—if any—restrictions might be in place, so they can plan accordingly. Fire restrictions for all three regions—Eastern, Northwest and Southwest—are posted on the Parks’ website:

Eastern region

Northwest region

Southwest region

People can also visit a specific park web page and follow the link to “Burn Ban List” on the right-hand side of each page. Parks staff make every attempt to update this list weekly, at a minimum. But people should be aware that because conditions can change rapidly, campfire restrictions can change at any time.

Summer campfire restrictions are established by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and local fire districts. Park managers have the discretion to place additional restrictions on campfires in certain areas of parks where they believe there is increased fire danger.

Washington State Parks campfire restrictions fall into five levels. In addition to parks in which fires are never allowed.

For more information about fire danger ratings in each county, visit the “Fire Danger and Outdoor Burning” page on the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website.

Whether people are camping in eastern or western Washington and if campfires are allowed, conditions are dry everywhere, so it’s important be safe and to follow DNR’s guidelines for Wildfire Prevention.

 

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