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Posted on: September 8, 2020

State Parks prohibits campfires statewide

Ban will be in effect at least through Sept. 15

OLYMPIA – Sept. 8, 2020 – Effective immediately, Washington State Parks is banning wood and charcoal fires at its parks statewide and on ocean beaches in the Seashore Conservation Area.

The campfire ban is in response to hot, dry and windy weather conditions and numerous wildfires that have affected much of the state in the past few days. The ban will continue at least through Sept. 15, giving staff time to assess the situation over the upcoming weekend.

At a minimum, state parks will be at a level 3 campfire ban, which prohibits the use of wood or charcoal but allows for gas or propane self-contained camping stoves and fire pits. Many state parks are at a level 4, which prohibits any kind of open flame. (View chart.)

State Parks advises people to check campfire ban levels before they head out to a park and to be prepared for restrictions to change at any time without notice.

Chart of Washington State Parks campfire ban levels

The public also can get updates on conditions at state parks throughout the year in several ways:

With weather conditions adding to the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic, State Parks also reminds people to recreate responsibly by practicing social distancing and wearing masks when six feet of separation is not possible. For more tips on responsible recreation, visit: https://parks.state.wa.us/1177/Novel-Coronavirus---COVID-19.

News media contacts:
Toni Droscher, Communications Office (360) 902-8604

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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.

 News release number: 20-045


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