DNR: Public encouraged to heed fire safety this Labor Day weekend
In areas where campfires are allowed, DNR asks the public to please follow these suggestions:
- Use an existing fire ring; don’t create a new one.
- Clear all vegetation away from the fire ring (remove all flammable materials, such as needles, leaves, sticks, etc.).
- Keep your campfire small.
- Keep plenty of water and a shovel nearby for throwing dirt on the fire if it gets out of control.
- Never leave a campfire unattended!
When putting out your campfire, you should:
- First, drown the campfire with water.
- Next, mix the ashes and embers with soil. Scrape all partially-burned sticks and logs to make sure all the hot embers are off of them.
- Stir the embers after they are covered with water and make sure everything is wet.
- Feel the coals, embers, and any partially burned wood with your hands. Everything should be cool to the touch.
- When you think you are done, take an extra minute and add more water. Stir the remains, add more water, and stir again.
- If water is unavailable, use moist dirt. Be careful not to bury any hot or burning material, as it can smolder and later start a wildfire.
- Finally, check the entire campsite for possible sparks or embers; it only takes one to start a forest fire.
- If it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave.
Remember, a little extra care takes only a few minutes of your time, and it could prevent a wildfire.
DNR statewide burn ban
In an effort to reduce preventable wildfires, DNR issued a statewide burn ban covering all DNR-protected lands, effective July 1, 2013, through September 30, 2013. The ban includes all forestlands in Washington except for federal lands. During the ban, designated campgrounds may allow campfires in approved fire pits. DNR or the campground management may put additional restrictions in place, including a ban on campfires, depending on weather conditions.