Beginning on July 2, no campfires will be allowed in the Cle Elum, Wenatchee River, Entiat, and Chelan ranger districts.
“We are implementing a complete ban on campfires on national forest lands in Kittitas and Chelan counties,” said Forest Supervisor Mike Williams. “The explosive growth of recent wildfires in Wenatchee and near Mansfield is an indication of how dry conditions are. We ask all national forest users to comply with the new campfire restrictions.”
National forest visitors recreating in the Naches Ranger District may continue to have campfires only in federally designated wilderness areas. For those recreating on National Forest lands in Okanogan County, campfire are allowed only in designated campgrounds, wilderness areas and specially designated recreation residence or special use sites.
Initial campfire restrictions on the Okanogan-Wenatchee NF were implemented June 12. They were expanded on June 17 and again on June 23.
“We will implement additional campfire restrictions as needed as fire danger increases in areas of the national forest where campfires are currently permitted,” Williams said.
Forest visitors should always check to see what restrictions are in place before traveling to the national forest. Contact any Okanogan-Wenatchee NF office for up-to-date campfire restriction information.