NACHES, Wash. -- Beginning Tuesday the U.S. Forest Service will implement campfire restrictions in the Naches and Cle Elum ranger districts due to an increasing fire hazard.
Ranger district leaders said the hazard is caused by continued hot and dry weather conditions.
The campfire bans will go into effect August 3. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, briquette fire, or other methods except a pressurized liquid gas stove are prohibited.
"With highs predicted in the 90's and the forest drying out, it's necessary to implement these restrictions to help protect valuable resources and surrounding communities from a potentially large and destructive wildfire," said Naches District Ranger Irene Davidson in a statement.
Similar conditions and restrictions apply across much of the Okanogan - Wenatchee National Forest and much of Eastern Washington State.
Campfire restrictions will remain in effect until there is a significant decrease in fire danger or the onset soaking rain.