County, state and federal officials have lifted burn bans because of higher humidity and cooler nighttime temperatures.
The Okanogan County commissioners lifted the county ban on outdoor burning on Monday (Sept. 29). The commissioners noted that the fire chief and fire advisory board support the decision.
The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) rescinded the burn ban on all lands the agency protects around the state on Thursday (Sept. 25). While conditions no longer warrant a statewide ban, DNR reminds people to be cautious because of lingering dry conditions.
The same day, the U.S. Forest Service lifted campfire bans for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in areas of the forest that are normally open to campfires. They, too, warn that fire hazards still exist.