DNR Bans Campfires in SW Washington Region

Campfires now prohibited on all DNR-protected lands statewide


August 17, 2023

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has banned rule burns, permit burns, and all campfires on lands it protects throughout its Pacific Cascade Region, as hot, dry summer weather has increased wildfire danger in the area.

These restrictions now mean campfires are banned on all DNR-protected lands in Washington.

This ban includes Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Pacific, Wahkiakum, portions of Skamania and portions of Grays Harbor counties.

A campfire ban in northwest Washington was announced earlier today, and bans were previously announced for the Olympic Peninsula and South Puget Sound.

This restriction is a critical step in reducing potential wildfire ignition sources as fire dangers continue to stay elevated. Fuels across western Washington remain dry, and critical fire weather is forecast for this week.

For people recreating throughout the region on DNR-protected lands, propane or butane camp stoves and backpacking stoves are still allowed.

DNR’s Pacific Cascade Region, headquartered in Castle Rock, manages more than 450,000 acres of state trust. A map of DNR’s regions is available at dnr.wa.gov/about/dnr-regions-and-districts.


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