Outdoors briefs: Trees to be removed from campground

DAYTON -- A campground in the William T. Wooten Wildlife Area near Dayton is closed until further notice while state wildlife officials remove trees that pose a potential risk to campers.

Bob Dice, manager of the wildlife area for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, said the Panjab South campground was closed after a 60- to 70-foot cottonwood toppled into the camping area last week.

No one was injured.

"We decided we need to take those trees down to protect campers' safety," he said.

The trees to be removed include cottonwoods, Douglas firs and pines. Several of the damaged trees fell last spring under the weight of heavy snow, Dice said.

Campfires banned on some DNR lands

OLYMPIA -- Dry conditions throughout much of Southeast Washington have prompted the state Department of Natural Resources to ban all campfires and other open flame fires on DNR-protected land in eight counties.

The ban applies to all private and state- and tribal-owned forest land and all adjoining properties in Douglas, Chelan, Kittitas, Yakima, Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield and Asotin counties.

The only exceptions to the ban on campfire are:

-- Open fires in DNR-managed campgrounds built in approved fire rings.

-- Open fires in commercially and privately owned campgrounds within the DNR's protection area if they have fire rings approved by the DNR.

-- Open fires in Washington State Park campgrounds within the DNR's protection area if built in approved fire rings.

All other outdoor burning on DNR-protected lands is prohibited. For daily updates on burn restrictions, call 800-323-BURN.