DNR eases campfire restrictions in designated campgrounds

In time for Labor Day weekend, the state Department of Natural Resources has announced recreational campfires will be allowed in established fire rings in designated campgrounds on agency-protected lands statewide, including east of the Cascade Crest.

There are exceptions, however, to the announcement. With continued high fire danger in northeast Washington, campfires may not be allowed in some locations . Visitors in that part of the state must check at the campground entrance or with the campground host before starting a campfire.

The fire danger in other parts of the state has been reduced by the recent rainfall and moderating temperatures.

All other outdoor burning on department-protected lands continues to be prohibited under this ban, according to a department news release. Fireworks and incendiary devices, such as exploding targets, sky lanterns or tracer ammunition, remain illegal on all DNR-protected lands.

The existing statewide burn ban will run through Sept. 30. The ban applies to all lands protected by the department, but does not include federally owned lands.