Camp Fire Restrictions Effective Today

DSC_0035_thumb.jpgThe Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has issued a Forest Order prohibiting campfires outside of developed campgrounds on the national forest within Kittitas and Chelan Counties.

The Forest Order includes the Cle Elum, Wenatchee River, Entiat and Chelan Ranger Districts.

Effective at 1 a.m. on Friday, July 26, building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire, including a fire made from briquettes, will be prohibited with certain exceptions. This order is the result of increasing fire danger in national forest areas within Kittitas and Chelan Counties.

Certain designated or developed campgrounds are exempt from this order, as are some other special sites such as group camps and summer homes under permit. Please visit or call the appropriate ranger station to obtain information on these sites.

Most locales within the following congressionally-designated wilderness areas are also exempt from this order: Alpine Lakes, Henry M. Jackson, Glacier Peak, Lake Chelan Sawtooth Wilderness Areas. However, some locations within those listed wilderness areas have standing campfire restrictions. Please contact the appropriate ranger station for specific fire regulations pertaining to wilderness areas.

The Cle Elum Ranger District Forest Order restricting campfires and exempt areas can be viewed at fs.usda.gov/goto/clelumfire The Forest Order for the Wenatchee River, Entiat and Chelan Ranger Districts can be found at fs.usda.gov/goto/chelanfire.

Persons using or maintaining pressurized liquid gas stoves or an enclosed solid fuel fire using a wick are also exempt from this order. This order will remain in effect until further notice.

Fire managers on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest remind hikers, campers and recreationists to be extremely careful with any use of fire in the outdoors this season. Escaped campfires are the leading cause of human-caused wildland fires on the Okanogan-Wenatchee N.F. Campfires typically become problems when campers fail to completely extinguish them before leaving campsites.

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The following Wilderness restrictions for campfires are always in place

Campfires are NOT allowed:
Above 5,000 feet elevation in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness on the Wenatchee National Forest
Within ½ mile of the following lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area: Hope, Josephine, Leland, Little Eightmile, Mig, Nada, Swimming Deer, Square, Trout, Wolverine, Upper and Lower Grace, Donald, Loch Eileen, Ethel, Julius, and Susan Jane.
Within ¼ mile of the following lakes in the Henry M. Jackson Wilderness area: Sally Ann, Minotaur, Theseus, Heather, Glasses, and Valhalla.

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