With numerous lightning-caused fires already burning and triple-digit temperatures increasing the potential for more of the same, the Forest Service has expanded campfire restrictions within the Naches and Cle Elum ranger districts.
As of Tuesday afternoon, campfires are banned everywhere within the Naches Ranger District except in designated Wilderness areas (Goat Rocks, Norse Peak and William O. Douglas Wilderness). In the Cle Elum Ranger District, campfires are barred everywhere except at a handful of designated campgrounds — Cayuse, Cle Elum River, Icewater, Kachess, Mineral Springs, Red Mountain, Salmon La Sac, Swauk, Taneum and Wish Poosh — and Camp Wahoo.
The Cle Elum district campfire closure does not include camping areas within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, except those areas and sites already closed to campfires for resource purposes.
The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest on Monday prohibited all campfires outside of developed campgrounds on all Forest Service lands within Chelan and Okanogan counties, spanning the Chelan, Entiat, Wenatchee River, Methow Valley and Tonasket ranger districts.
Campers can still used pressurized liquid gas stoves or an enclosed solid fuel fire using a wick.