Add the Liberty campground, off the south end of Blewett Pass Highway (Highway 97), to the list of places where you can’t build a campfire.

Because of the continuing hot, dry weather and the increased wildfire danger that comes with it, the Bureau of Land Management has enacted a campfire restriction at the Liberty recreation site. That means recreationists and campers can build no campfires, steel-ring or otherwise, at Liberty, though campers can still use pressurized gas stoves there.

So far, this is the only fire restriction on BLM-managed lands in the state. The restriction comes on the announcement earlier today by the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forests that as of Friday morning, campfires would not be allowed on Forest Service lands in Kittitas or Chelan counties outside of developed campgrounds or some wilderness areas.

The Liberty recreation site is about 20 miles north of Ellensburg.