State parks, DNR ban campfires, other outdoor burns because of wildfire danger

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJuly 31, 2013 

Campfires and other outdoor burning have been banned on recreation and Department of Natural Resources lands statewide because of wildfire danger on both sides of the Cascade Mountains.

Washington State Parks announced the ban at all state parks on Wednesday, July 31 - a day after DNR banned all outdoor burns on lands protected by that agency, which includes about 50 percent of state park lands.

Officials want to reduce the possibility of wildfires caused by people.

The burn ban will remain until Sept. 30 on DNR land, and until further notice at state parks.

DNR has said its resources are being stretched by firefighting efforts in the region and statewide.

Campers at state parks will be allowed to use devices that allow them to control combustion, including propane and liquid gas stoves for camping and backcountry use; propane grill devices that do not use solid briquettes; propane or pressurized white gas warming devices that have a shield or base; and solid fuel citronella or other candles in a metal bucket or glass container.

To read the official notice from the Department of Natural Resources, click here.

Reach Kie Relyea at 360-715-2234 or kie.relyea@bellinghamherald.com.

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