Shame on you if you’re reading this on your smartphone from a campsite at Deception Pass or Cape Disappointment state parks, but the good news is this: Go ahead and light that campfire.
Washington State Parks on Thursday lifted its 16-day-old campfire ban in parks west of the Cascade crest, effective immediately.
Campers on the state’s west side may resume having campfires in provided campfire rings and also may use charcoal briquettes in grills and braziers.
State Parks is following the lead of Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, who announced today (Thursday) he was lifting the ban on recreational fires in approved fire pits on forest lands under DNR fire protection, within state, county and municipal or other campgrounds in Western Washington. A ban was instituted July 31 statewide because of dry, hot weather, ongoing wildfires and the demands placed on firefighting resources.
A ban on campfires and use of briquettes remains in place for all state parks in Eastern Washington, where fire danger remains higher.
“The fact we got a little bit of rain and that some kind of cooler weather is coming got everyone to move on this,” said Virginia Painter, spokeswoman for the state Parks and Recreation Commission.
Visitors to state parks in Eastern Washington are allowed to use the following devices for cooking and warmth:
- Propane and liquid gas stoves appropriate for camping and backcountry use.
- Propane barbecue devices that do not use solid briquettes.
- Propane or pressurized white gas warming devices that have a shield or base.
- Lava rocks or lava logs in propane grills and barbecues.
- Solid fuel citronella or other candles in a metal bucket or glass container.
Now put down the phone and go make s’mores.