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September 1, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Fire danger goes to high in some Eastern Washington campsites

As you prepare for your lcamp outing during the upcoming long holiday weekend, you should be aware of some campfire restrictions on Department of Natural Recources (DNR) campgrounds in Okanogan County in Eastern Washington.

Starting Friday, Sept. 2, 2011 at 12:01 a.m., the DNR will increase the fire danger rating from ‘moderate’ to ‘high’ in Ferry and Stevens counties outside of Fire Districts 1 and 2.

DNR will also prohibit campfires in all DNR-managed campgrounds in Okanogan County: Leader Lake; Sportsman Campground at Sweat Creek; Rock Creek Shelter; Rock Lake – Okanogan County; Palmer Lake; Chopaka Lake; North Fork Nine Mile; Toats Coulee; Toats Junction; and Cold Springs.

Lincoln, Okanogan, Stevens (inside Fire Districts 1 and 2), and Spokane counties’ fire danger rating will remain ‘high.’ Pend Oreille County fire danger will remain ‘moderate.’

The public is reminded that individual campgrounds may ban campfires on a case-by-case basis; check with the campground host before lighting a campfire.

Motorists should also exercise caution when driving on forest roads by avoiding dry grass and vegetation; hot exhaust systems can easily ignite dry grasses. Recreationists are encouraged to have a shovel, water, and a fire extinguisher available.

Remember, the Discover Pass is needed when camping on DNR land. Learn more at the Discover Pass wesbite.

For more information about campgrounds visit the DNR-managed lands website.

For daily updates on burn restrictions, call 800-323-BURN or visit the DNR wesbsite showing fire danger and burning restrictions by county

DNR statewide burn ban

In an effort to reduce preventable wildfires, DNR issued a statewide burn ban covering all DNR-protected lands, effective July 1 through Sept. 30.

The ban includes all forestlands in Washington except for federal lands. During the ban, designated campgrounds may allow campfires in approved fire pits. DNR or the campground management may put additional restrictions in place, including a ban on campfires, depending on weather conditions.

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