Open campfires and smoking have been banned in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest because of dangerously high fire conditions.
Wood and charcoal fires are allowed only in developed campgrounds and group campgrounds with established concrete or steel-grated fire pits or rings. Building and tending open campfires, including charcoal briquettes, cooking fires and warming fires, is prohibited until further notice.
Portable stoves or lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel still are allowed for heating and cooking.
Smoking is allowed only within enclosed vehicles, buildings and developed recreation sites.
Violating the ban, which went into effect Tuesday, Sept. 18, can result in a fine up to $5,000 and up to six months in jail.
Reach DEBBIE TOWNSEND at email@example.com or call 715-2280.