Fire Danger High, All Outdoor Burning Banned In Eastern Washington

Jul 28, 2017

Fire danger in North Central and North Eastern Washington is very high, prompting the state Department of Natural Resources to upgrade warnings and burn bans.

UPDATE, Aug. 10, 2017: Outdoor burning of any kind, including campfires, will be banned in all Eastern Washington counties beginning Friday, Aug. 11. The ban applies to all land east of the Cascade Crest protected and managed by the state Department of Natural Resources. See all state fire restrictions here

UPDATE, Aug. 9, 2017: Campfires will soon be banned in North Eastern Washington counties, including Ferry, Lincoln north of Highway 2, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane and Stevens, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. The new restrictions begin Friday, Aug. 11.

Campfires on most federal lands of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest were banned Aug. 4. See detailed restrictions here

PREVIOUS POST: Beginning Friday, campfires and outdoor burning will be prohibited in Okanogan County on all lands protected by the DNR.

For now, campfires are still allowed in other north eastern counties, including Spokane, Lincoln, Ferry and Stevens. Individual campgrounds may impose further restrictions. Federally-managed lands in the region have additional fire restrictions, though small fires are allowed in approved campground pits in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

For current regional fire and burning restrictions, see:

-Washington Department of Natural Resources

-Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

-Colville National Forest

-Umatilla National Forest

Okanogan County is still dealing with the effects of massive wildfires in 2014 and 2015 that burned numerous homes and left large, unstable burn areas, leading to mudslides in periods of heavy rain and spring runoff.

The 2015 Okanogan Complex fire burned an estimated 133,000 acres, making it the largest recorded fire in state history.