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Campfire ban lifted at state parks

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission yesterday (Thursday) announced the end of a general campfire ban in state parks east of the Cascades.

The action follows an announcement Wednesday by the Department of Natural Resources, lifting a ban on recreational fires on lands under DNR fire protection east of the Cascades. An earlier statewide ban on campfires was lifted in August for Western Washington state park campgrounds.

Some restrictions may remain in place for specific state parks or portions of parks.

The summer ban on recreational campfires had been extended to open fires and briquettes but had allowed use of propane devices for cooking and warming.

Visitors are advised to check the State Parks website for burn ban information at www.parks.wa.gov.

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