Chelan County Fire Safety Burn Ban – 2014

Fire Safety Burn Ban:

No Outdoor disposal burning allowed county wide. All Ecology burn permits in Chelan and Douglas Counties have expired for the season. If you are a commercial orchardist with a documented pest infestation, please coordinate with your local fire authority for exemption to the County Wide Fire Safety Burn Ban. For questions about the Burn Ban, please contact your local fire department.

For burn permits, first contact your local fire department for permission, then contact Ecology for permitting: (509) 575-2490 MON-FRI, 8:00am-5:00pm.

National Forest Campfire Restrictions Increase in Chelan County

WENATCHEE–The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has issued a Forest Order prohibiting campfires outside of developed campgrounds on the national forest within Chelan County.

This Forest Order includes the Chelan, Entiat and Wenatchee River Ranger Districts.

Effective at 1 a.m. on Thursday, July 3, building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire, including a fire made from briquettes, will be prohibited with certain exceptions. This order is the result of increasing fire danger in national forest areas within Chelan County.

Certain designated or developed campgrounds are exempt from this order, as are some other special sites such as group camps and summer homes under permit. Please visit or call the appropriate ranger station to obtain information on specific campground information and restrictions.

Most locales within the following congressionally-designated wilderness areas are also exempt from this order:  the Glacier Peak, Chelan-Sawtooth, Alpine Lakes, and Henry M. Jackson Wilderness Areas.  However, some locations within those listed wilderness areas have standing campfire restrictions.  Please contact the appropriate ranger station for specific fire regulations pertaining to wilderness areas.

Persons using or maintaining pressurized liquid gas stoves or an enclosed solid fuel fire using a wick are also exempt from this order.

Fire managers on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest remind hikers, campers and recreationists to be extremely careful with any use of fire in the outdoors this summer. Escaped campfires are the leading cause of human-caused wildland fires on the Okanogan-Wenatchee N.F. Campfires typically become problems when campers fail to completely extinguish them before leaving campsites.

               Contact these Okanogan-Wenatchee N.F. offices for more information:  Chelan Ranger Station, 509-682-4900; Entiat Ranger Station, 509-784-4700; Wenatchee River Ranger Station, 509-548-2550.

Wildfire Smoke information:

updated 7/03/2014