The U.S. Forest Service has banned all campfires on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest beginning Thursday (July 9) due to extreme fire danger.
The restrictions announced Tuesday (July 7) prohibit wood and charcoal briquette fires across the national forest, including all campgrounds and designated wilderness areas. The use of pressurized liquid gas stoves is allowed.
Initial campfire restrictions on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest were implemented June 12. As assessments of fire and fuel conditions have indicated an increase in fire danger, restrictions have been expanded over time to the current complete ban on campfires.
If you smell smoke or see a fire in the forest the Forest Service advises calling 9-1-1 or (800) 826-3383 (Central Washington Interagency Coordination Center) to report the exact location of the fire and, if known, what is burning. For more information contact the Methow Valley Ranger District at 996-4003.