Fire risk prompts ban on campfires at Washington campgrounds


OLYMPIA (AP) — Due to the extreme fire danger across nearly all of Washington from hot, dry weather, the state has expanded its ban on outdoor fires to include campfires, even in fire pits.

The state Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Janet Pearce says the ban now means “no flame at all” on state-protected lands. The ban will run through September. The state also is asking people who work outdoors to curtail activity that could spark a fire, such as logging, land clearing and highway maintenance.

Because of a high risk today that lightning will start more wildfires, the National Weather Service has a red flag warning in effect for Washington and Oregon. The thunderstorms also could be accompanied by gusty winds, hail and flash flooding, especially on lands scorched by wildfires.


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