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July 31, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Campfire ban extended to all Washington state parks

Campfires are banned in state parks and on many state lands because of dry weather across the state. (photo by Joel Hawksley / The Seattle Times)

Campfires are banned in state parks and on many state lands because of dry weather across the state. (photo by Joel Hawksley / The Seattle Times)

Because of wildfire danger, campfires are banned in all Washington state parks until further notice, the Washington State Parks Commission announced Wednesday morning, and more restrictions are on the way for national forests.

Use of charcoal briquettes is also prohibited in state parks.

Campers will be allowed to use devices that allow for control of combustion, including 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; and solid fuel citronella or other candles in a metal bucket or glass container.

State parks are following the lead of the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which Tuesday prohibited all outdoor burning on lands protected by DNR. That agency has

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