Campfire restrictions lifted
Campfire restrictions on national forest lands in Okanogan County have been lifted. Campfires are now allowed at dispersed, as well as developed, campsites.
“We’ve gotten a little rain,” said Jill Vugteveen, assistant fire management officer, “and we feel comfortable lifting the campfire ban. But we want to remind everyone that fire danger is still high, the small amount of moisture received is not enough to make up for the summer our county has experienced and campers should remain vigilant.”
WDFW ends restrictions
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has lifted fire restrictions on most department-managed lands in eastern Washington. Clay Sprague, WDFW land manager, said the department’s action is consistent with changes in fire rules approved recently by the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which provides fire protection for many state wildlife areas.
Steelhead, rainbow fishing opened
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has announced that anglers can retain hatchery-origin steelhead and rainbow trout marked with a clipped adipose fin on the Columbia River below Wells Dam to Chief Joseph Dam and the Methow and Okanogan rivers. The affected areas include the Methow River from the mouth to the confluence with the Chewuch River in Winthrop, from Thursday (Oct. 15) until further notice. Fishing from a floating device is prohibited from the second powerline crossing (1 mile upstream from the mouth) to the first Highway 153 Bridge (4 miles upstream from the mouth).