Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark lifted the ban on campfires and recreational fires in approved fire pits in developed campgrounds west of the Cascade crest as of Thursday (Aug. 15). All outdoor burning, including campfires, is still prohibited on state lands in Eastern Washington.

The change applies only in state, county and other campgrounds on forest lands under Department of Natural Resources management west of the Cascades. All other outdoor burning is still banned in Western Washington.

“Recent rainfall and forecasts of milder temperatures, higher humidity and further precipitation have abated the risk in the western region. However, I urge everyone to remain vigilant regarding wildfire danger throughout the state,” said Goldmark.