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Naches district fire restrictions


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I just received this information from Doug Conner, Region 4 Chairman, alerting everyone about the campfire ban on the Naches District.

Date: July 26, 2006
Subject: Campfire Closure Instituted

Contact: Randy Shepard, District Ranger
Gary Jennings, Fire Management Officer

Effective at midnight on Thursday, July 27th, campfires will not be allowed anywhere on the Naches Ranger District. Having a complete closure allows for easier public education and enforcement by Forest Service personnel. Extreme temperatures and low humidity experienced this summer prompted the decision to ban campfires.
There are some acceptable alternatives to the use of campfires.
Pressurized, self-contained gas stoves, pressurized gas lanterns, or propane fed barbeques are still allowed; however, please be cautious when using these devices. It is recommended to carry a shovel and water container in your vehicle when traveling in the forest during fire season. Conditions in the forest are becoming extremely dry. Prior year drought conditions have made forest fuels susceptible to wildfire.
Campfire closures will not be lifted without a major weather event bringing with it lots of moisture.
Forest recreationists are reminded that charcoal briquette barbeques, Tiki torches, and other devices that use solid fuel are prohibited. Non-approved fires include any fire that cannot be immediately extinguished by turning off a valve; any fire that produces a hot coal or leaves an ash; and any gas, liquid or solid fuel fire that is not self contained within a metal or glass enclosure as part of the device.
Each year escaped campfires are the leading human cause of wildfires on the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forests. Please do not ignore campfire restrictions and/or closures and report any campfires by calling 911 -or- Central Washington Interagency Communication Center at 1-800-826-3383.
Anyone caught with an illegal campfire will receive a ticket.
During fire season the minimum fine for having an illegal campfire is $200. If a fire results from a campfire, you can be subject to a citation and a fine up to $5,000 and/or one year in jail. You can also be held responsible for fire suppression costs which are very costly, often running into hundreds of thousands of dollars and more. This violation doesn't just apply if your fire escapes, but also if you "build, maintain, attend or use" a campfire in an area where campfires are not allowed.
For current forest information, including up-to-date status of fire restrictions or closures, contact the Naches Ranger District by phoning 509/653-1400.

Order Number: 587

Fire Regulations

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests

Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50 (a), the following acts are prohibited on National Forest System Lands as described below within the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests.

1. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire fire,
stove fire.
For the purpose of this order, this restriction includes briquette
fires and applies to all National Forest System Lands within the
Naches Ranger District. (36 CFR 261.52 (a)).

Persons maintaining a pressurized liquid gas stove, pressurized
liquid gas fire, or an enclosed solid fuel fire that utilizes a wick
to distribute a flame are exempt from this order.

This order is effective July 28, 2006 and will remain in effect until
further notice.

Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50 (e), the following persons are exempt from this

1. Persons with a permit specifically authorizes the otherwise
prohibited act or omission.

2. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized
rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty.

This prohibition is in addition to the general prohibitions in 36 C