With recent rain and current weather models predicting more moderate conditions in western Washington, the state Department of Natural Resources announced Friday that recreational campfires will be permitted in established fire rings in official campgrounds on Department of Natural Resources-protected lands west of the Cascade crest.
All other outdoor burning on DNR-protected lands continues to be prohibited under this ban. Fireworks and incendiary devices, such as exploding targets, sky lanterns, or tracer ammunition, remain illegal on all DNR-protected lands. Charcoal briquettes also are not allowed.
More than $91 million has been spent battling wildfires this year, and more than 350,000 acres have burned across the state.
If campers and visitors are unsure about whether a campground is on DNR-protected land, they should check with local park authorities on campfire restrictions that may be in place.
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The statewide burn ban runs through Sept. 30.