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Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest bans open campfires

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Sep. 19, 2012 at 9:10 am |
September 19, 2012 9:10 am

The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest has banned open campfires and smoking. Forest officials made the decision late Tuesday.

According to fire officials, the long persistent dry summer has created dangerously high fire conditions and the National Weather Service predicts more dry conditions ahead.

Wood and charcoal fires are only allowed in developed campgrounds and group campgrounds that have established concrete or steel-grated fire pits or rings. Building and tending open campfires, including charcoal briquettes, cooking fires and warming fires are prohibited until further notice.

Allowable sources for cooking or heat include portable stoves or lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel.

Smoking is allowed within enclosed vehicles, buildings and developed recreation sites.

Violators can be fined up to $5,000 and/ or imprisoned up to six months in jail.

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