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August 12, 2014 at 5:50 AM

Thunderstorms forecast for Northwest; DNR bans campfires

The Associated Press

SEATTLE — Forecasters say thunderstorms that moved through Oregon and Washington on Monday will flare up again Tuesday.

Because of the risk that lightning will start more wildfires, the National Weather Service has a red flag warning in effect for most of both states. The thunderstorms also could be accompanied by gusty winds, hail and flash flooding, especially on lands scorched by wildfires.

Forecasters say showers could linger over the Northwest into Wednesday. The good news for people uncomfortable with Monday’s heat is that temperatures should be back to normal by Wednesday.

Campfire ban: The state Department of Natural Resources said Monday the fire ban now includes campfires at campgrounds. A burn ban has been in effect, but the use of approved fire pits was allowed until now.

The parks included in the ban are the private and public campgrounds that are under Washington DNR fire protection, said Janet Pearce, communications manager for DNR. Campgrounds on federal land are not included in the ban at this time.

Pearce suggests calling ahead to check on whether the campground where you are headed will be allowing campfires.

The ban includes fires made with briquets, but propane flames are allowed, Pearce said.

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Interactive map of active fires around the state:

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