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Posted on: June 26, 2015

15-041 Campfires prohibited in all state parks

Open fires and use of charcoal briquettes prohibited until further notice

[UPDATE 7/14/15: Gas- or propane-powered campfire pits will be allowed in some parks on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the individual park to find out more: http://www.parks.wa.gov/281/Parks

OLYMPIA – June 26, 2015 – Washington State Parks announced today that campfires in all state parks and ocean beaches in the Seashore Conservation Area are prohibited until further notice due to extreme heat and dry conditions. The ban is part of a statewide effort to prevent human-caused wildfires.

The prohibition on campfires in state parks complies with today’s announcement by Gov. Jay Inslee and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) which bans all outdoor fires on DNR-protected lands.

As of today, State Parks are under a Level 4 – Extreme fire ban or higher. A Level 4 ban means that fires are restricted to gas and propane self-contained camping stoves. No charcoal or wood fires will be allowed—even in State Parks designated fire rings. In addition, as a further precaution, gas and propane may be used for cook stoves only. (As of July 14, gas or propane-powered campfire pits may be allowed in some state parks on a case-by-case basis.)

For campfire and fireworks restrictions within county and city jurisdictions, State Parks advises people to contact those entities.

As the Fourth of July weekend approaches, State Parks reminds the public that fireworks are never allowed on state parks property. For a list of fireworks displays submitted to the Washington State Patrol, visit: http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/docs/fireworks/fireshow.pdf
(Note: This list may be incomplete as the information provided to WSP is voluntary.)

Seashore Conservation Area
Washington State Parks manages the Washington State Seashore Conservation Area (SCA), which extends along most of Washington’s outer coastline, excluding Indian Reservation and National Park lands. The SCA includes the areas between Cape Disappointment and Leadbetter Point; between Toke Point and the South jetty on Point Chehalis; and between Damon Point and Moclips; and occupying the area between the line of ordinary high tide and the line of extreme low tide.

About Washington State Parks
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.

Follow Washington State Parks:

Share your favorite state park adventure on the State Parks’ blog site at www.AdventureAwaits.com.

Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov.

Media contacts:
Virginia Painter, (360) 902-8562
Toni Droscher, (360) 902-8604
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388

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