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August 29, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Flash-flood worries close campground near Leavenworth, while campfire restrictions eased

A July wildfire burns in the Chiwaukum Creek area near Leavenworth. The fire is out, but a fear of flash flooding in the area has closed the popular Tumwater Campground. (AP photo)

A July wildfire burns in the Chiwaukum Creek area near Leavenworth. The fire is largely out, but a fear of flash flooding in the area has closed the popular Tumwater Campground. (AP photo)

On the brink of the Labor Day weekend, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has closed the popular Tumwater Campground, off Highway 2 nine miles northwest of Leavenworth, because of predicted rains and the potential for flash floods this weekend.

The closure was effective as of noon Friday. The campground will remain closed for the season.

The campground is located within the 22,571 acre Chiwaukum Fire area, still smoldering, and is adjacent to Chiwaukum Creek. More information here.

Other Labor Day weekend news for campers:

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Friday announced that recent campfire restrictions are eased. Recreational campfires will now be permitted in established fire rings in designated campgrounds on DNR-protected lands statewide, including east of the Cascade Crest.

 There are exceptions. Due to continued high fire danger, campfires may not be allowed in some locations in northeast Washington. Visitors must check at the campground entrance or with the campground host before starting a campfire. In other areas, fire danger has been reduced by recent rainfall and moderating temperatures.

Comments | Topics: Chiwaukum Creek fire, Labor Day weekend, Leavenworth camping

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