WENATCHEE — Campfires are now banned in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
The move by the U.S. Forest Service was prompted by hazardous fire weather and limited firefighting resources.
"With large fires already burning on or near the forest, it is very important to also take steps to limit the threat of human-caused fires,” said Deputy Forest Supervisor Erick Walker. “Public cooperation has been excellent when campfire restrictions have been necessary in the past, and right now, that same cooperation is crucial.”
She added, "In addition to adhering to restrictions, people who use the Okanogan-Wenatchee Forest can help us a great deal simply by being watchful when they are in the woods.”
The ban took effect today and includes wood and charcoal briquette campfires and wood-burning camp stoves. Campers will are still allowed to use pressurized liquid gas stoves, pressurized liquid gas fires, or an enclosed solid fuel fire that utilizes a wick to distribute a flame.
The ban will be lifted once conditions improve.
Woodcutting restrictions are also in place.