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U.S. Forest Service to Lift Ban on Campfires

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WENATCHEE, WA - The U.S. Forest Service says a ban on campfires in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest will be partially lifted on August 27th.

Starting Wednesday, campers may have campfires in metal fire rings in designated campgrounds in six of the seven Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest ranger districts.

The Naches Ranger District is the only district where campfires will not be allowed in campgrounds. Campfires will also be allowed in all federally designated wilderness areas in the forest.

Campfire restrictions in these areas were downgraded because of cooler weather and recent precipitation that has reduced fire danger in some areas of the national forest.

The Forest Service says in areas where campfires are allowed, visitors are advised to build fires in an established fire pit, remove flammable materials from around the pit, build the fire away from any overhanging vegetation, keep the fire small and most importantly, make sure that all campfires are completely put out and cold to the touch before leaving a campsite.