Recreational campfires are allowed if built in improved fire pits in designated campgrounds, such as those typically found in local, county and state parks and in commercial campgrounds. On private land campfires are permitted with the landowner’s permission if built in an approved manner:
· In a metal, stone or masonry lined fire pit such as those seen in approved campgrounds.
· They may not exceed three feet in diameter.
· They must have an area at least 10 feet around them cleared of all flammable material and at least 20 feet of clearance from overhead fuels.
· Campfires must be attended at all times by a responsible person at least 16 years old with the ability and tools to extinguish the fire; a shovel and either five gallons of water or a connected and charged water hose.
Completely extinguish campfires by pouring water or moist soil in them and stirring with a shovel until all parts are cool to the touch. The use of self-contained camp stoves is encouraged as an alternative.
For more information on local fire restrictions call the Department of Natural Resources Pacific Cascade Regional Office at 360-577-2025 or Wahkiakum County Building and Planning Department at 360-795-3067.
For daily updates on burn restrictions, call 1-800-323-BURN or visit DNR’s website at www2.wadnr.gov/burn-risk then click on fire information in the far right corner. You can also check with Southwest Clean Air Agency at www.swcleanair.org.