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WDFW lifts emergency fire restrictions, but urges caution

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife just announced it was lifting emergency fire restrictions on the land it manages throughout the state. Department officials, however, urged anyone visiting those lands to continue using caution when doing anything that could spark a wildlfire.

Greg Schirato, deputy director of the wildlife program, said the action is consistent with those of the Governor’s Office and the state Department of Natural Resources, which have lifted statewide burn bans in recent days.

“Wildfire risks are easing, particularly after the recent rains in western Washington,” Schirato said in a news release. “But it’s important that

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Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest bans open campfires

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

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

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.

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