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Stage 1 fire restrictions lifted; campfires and woodcutting allowed

Sep 13, 2019

Forest visitors will be able to enjoy campfires in most areas of the national forest soon. 

Stage 1 public use fire restrictions, namely restrictions on the use of campfires in dispersed recreation areas, that have been in effect in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest will be lifted on Friday, September 13, 2019. This means recreationists will be able to have wood and charcoal campfires in all areas of the national forest that are normally open to campfires.

“With the recent precipitation, higher humidity, and colder nighttime temperatures, we felt it is now appropriate to lift all remaining campfire bans,” said Rob Allen, fire management officer for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. “We very much appreciate the public’s understanding and cooperation while the campfire bans were in place.” 

Forest visitors still need to be aware that fire hazard still exists, especially if warmer weather returns, Allen added. Visitors should be careful with all fires, including hunter warming fires, and make sure they are completely out and cold to the touch before leaving their campsite.

The improved weather has also influenced the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) that governs woodcutting in the Okanogan-Wenatchee Forest. Also on Friday, the IFPL will go to Level 1 which allows woodcutting all day long. Go to https://www.dnr.wa.gov/ifpl for current IFPL information.

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