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Posted on: August 18, 2016

16-052 Campfires prohibited in all state parks

Wood fires and charcoal briquettes prohibited through Sept. 30


OLYMPIA – Aug. 18, 2016 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announces a statewide ban on campfires in all state parks and ocean beaches in the Seashore Conservation Area through Sept. 30, 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 the Aug. 17 announcement by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which bans all outdoor fires on DNR-protected lands.

All of Washington state parks are under a Level 4 – Extreme fire ban or higher. A Level 4 ban means 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. Liquid or propane camp stoves—including gas-powered fire rings—that do not use solid briquettes and have on/off controls are permitted. 

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

Updates on state parks’ conditions, including campfire bans, are posted on the agency’s online Alert Center at: http://parks.state.wa.us/AlertCenter.

Seashore Conservation Area

Washington State Parks manages the Washington State Seashore Conservation Area (SCA), which extends along most of Washington’s outer coastline, excluding Tribal 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:      

Toni Droscher, (360) 902-8604
Srey Ryser, (360) 902-8626
Debbie Fant, (360) 902-8635 


Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388

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