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Area Closures as of Aug. 11, 2014 in the Methow Valley Ranger District

OPEN: Harts Pass and Meadows Campgrounds, the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, and all trails out of Harts Pass remain open. The Lost River area, including Ballard and Riverbend campgrounds are open. Also open are national forest lands in the Highway 20 corridor, including Lone Fir, Early Winters, and Klipchuck campgrounds, Washington Pass, Rainy Pass, the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, and all trails in the highway corridor.

CLOSED: Most national forest lands on this district are now closed to entry for public safety. Closed areas include trails and campgrounds in the Chewuch drainage, the Twisp River drainage and Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness on the Methow Valley District, the Sawtooth backcountry, and the North Summit area including Loup Loup Campground. Most of the Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness on the Chelan Ranger District remains open.

*Information courtesy United States Forest Service

 

Burning restrictions

Department of Natural Resources

All outdoor burning is prohibited on DNR lands, with no exceptions, including charcoal briquettes. Fireworks and incendiary devices, such as exploding targets, sky lanterns or tracer ammunition are illegal on all DNR-protected lands. Anyone who starts or spreads fires is subject to civil and criminal penalties. The ban is in effect through Sept. 30.

Washington State Parks

Campfires are prohibited in all state parks until further notice, following DNR guidelines.

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Use of wood and charcoal campfires is banned; however, pressurized liquid gas stoves, pressurized liquid gas fires, or an enclosed solid fuel fire that utilizes a wick to distribute a flame are permitted.  Wood-burning camp stoves sometimes used by hunters are not allowed. Woodcutters need to be aware that restrictions are also in place regarding woodcutting.