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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 22, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Campfire ban now in effect in more statewide recreation and park areas

Those planning fishing, hunting, camping or other outdoor activities to many part of the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area and North Cascades National Park should be aware that campfires are now banned due to extremely dry conditions and the very high threat of wildlife.

Here is a list of campgrounds and picnic areas where the rules is in effect, and those heading outdoors to other areas should also use extreme caution:

Bridge Creek, Bridge Creek Group, Bridge Creek Stock, Shady, Tumwater, High Bridge, Harlequin, Harlequin Group, Rainbow Falls, Purple Point, Purple Point Stock, Purple Point Overflow, Weaver Point, Manly Wham, and Flick Creek.

The ignition of wood, briquettes, or any fuel in fire pits, fire pans, barbecue grills, or other devices is prohibited in these areas until further notice.

This ban in the middle and Lower Stehekin Valley and the National Park Service-managed portion of Lake Chelan is a follow-up to the ban imposed by the U.S. Forest Service along the lower portion of Lake Chelan and throughout the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

In the areas of Lake Chelan National Recreation Area and North Cascades National Park unaffected by this ban, campfires are permitted as usual, but people should still use extreme caution.

They must be in established fire pits in both designated front-country campgrounds and designated back-country campsites. Campfires are not permitted in other areas.

Make sure campfires are out and cold to the touch before leaving the area. Do not burn toilet paper. Do not discard cigarettes.

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