Attention laborday weekend campers
OTHER FOREST-RELATED INFORMATION
CAMPFIRE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS:
Some Campfire Restrictions Lifted
Effective September 1, 2010, campfire restrictions were lifted on the Cle Elum and Naches Ranger Districts in the southern portion of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
Campfire restrictions will also be lessened a bit on the Entiat, Chelan and Wenatchee River Ranger Districts starting September 3.
“Recent cooler weather conditions in conjunction with normal seasonal changes have begun to reduce fire danger. Even though restrictions have been lifted or modified in places, conditions for a potential wildland fire still exist,” said Forest Fire Management Officer Keith Satterfield.
“Shorter days, cooler temperatures and some precipitation in the Cascades prompted us to permit campfires again in the Cle Elum and Naches Ranger Districts along with a reduction of the restrictions in the central area of the forest,” Satterfield said.
Following are the current campfire restrictions:
Campfire restrictions remain in place only for National Forest lands in Chelan County. Wood and charcoal fires are allowed only in established metal campfire rings in designated campgrounds, some Wilderness areas, and a few other special areas (such as organizational sites and summer home sites under special-use permit).
Campfires are not allowed:
In Chatter Creek, Rock Island and Black Pine campgrounds on the Wenatchee River Ranger District.
Above 5,000 feet elevation in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area in the Wenatchee National Forest.
Within a half mile of the following lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area: Hope, Josephine, Leland, Little Eightmile, Mig, Nada, Swimming Deer, Square, Trout, Wolverine, Upper and Lower Grace, Donald, Loch Eileen, Ethel, Julius and Susan Jane.
Within a quarter mile of the following lakes in the Henry M. Jackson Wilderness area: Sally Ann, Minotaur, Theseus, Heather, Glasses and Valhalla.
At the junction of French Creek and Icicle Creek trails.
North of Road No. 6202 from Cascade Hideaway Resort and easterly to the junction of Roads No. 6200 and No. 6202.
“With fire activity still going on in the Eightmile, Ibex and Thunder Mountain fires, forest visitors need to remember that wildfires can still occur. That's why it is so important to be careful when building any campfires, whether they are in established campgrounds or in other areas of the national forest,” Satterfield said. “We don’t want an unattended campfire to become a wildfire.”
In areas where campfires are allowed, be sure to build them in an established fire pit, remove flammable materials from around the pit, construct the fire away from overhanging vegetation and keep the fire small. Also, make sure that all campfires are completely extinguished and cold to the touch before leaving a campsite.
Please contact the nearest ranger district office for information on campfire restrictions and on how to safely build and put out a campfire.
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