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WDFW imposes campfire ban, limits other activities to reduce wildfire threats

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Sep. 18, 2012 at 9:11 pm with No Comments »
September 18, 2012 9:11 pm

With the persistent dry conditions and wildfires burning in parts of the state, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife is prohibiting campfires and other activities on all agency-managed lands.

The emergency order, which is effective immediately, prohibits:

Fires or campfires: However, personal camp stoves or lanterns fueled by liquid petroleum, liquid petroleum gas or propane are allowed.

Smoking: Unless in an enclosed vehicle.

Target shooting: Except at shooting ranges developed by the agency.

Welding and the use of chainsaws and other equipment: Operating a torch with an open flame and equipment powered by an internal combustion engine is prohibited.

Operating a motor vehicle off developed roads: Except when parking in areas without vegetation within 10 feet of the roadway and parking in developed campgrounds and at trailheads.

Greg Schirato, deputy director of the department’s wildlife program, said these restrictions are part of a larger effort by state and federal agencies to reduce the risk of further wildfires in Washington. That effort includes a burn ban issued for all forestlands protected by the state Department of Natural Resources and another issued by Gov. Chris Gregoire for eastern Washington.

The restrictions on WDFW-managed lands will remain in effect until conditions improve and the risk of wildfires decreases.

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