As a public safety precaution, Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) campgrounds at Leader Lake and Rock Creek will remain closed because of damage caused by the Okanogan Complex fire. The Rock Creek picnic area will also remain closed.
Burned-out stumps, fire-weakened trees and concealed pits are dangers that can put recreationists at risk if they venture into these closed campgrounds or other recently burned areas. Distressed and snagged tree areas are especially prone to falling in high winds. Extensive damage to camp structures will likely keep the Rock Creek campground and picnic area closed through next year’s camping season, according to DNR. Pending restoration, Leader Lake may open in early April of next year.
Even though conditions have improved, eastern Washington still has active wildfires. As a result, additional recreation site closures are in place and may change with little notice. Please check for closures before heading out.
Visitors must check at campground entrances or with campground hosts before starting a campfire. See more at: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/news/dnr-campground-closures-and-fire-restrictions-continue-ne-washington#sthash.0ZtyrpOp.dpuf
Fire Safety Burn Ban in Chelan County- June 1, 2015 and continues through September 30, 2015, unless otherwise posted.
If you have a pest and/or disease problem that requires burning, first contact your local fire district and receive permission to burn. Then contact Ecology, Central Region, Air Quality Program, for permitting requirements and permission to burn: M-F, 8AM-5PM @ (509) 575-2490, ask for the Smoke Team member on duty.
Recreational fires on private land, please contact the fire authority for that area, typically the local fire district.
Always check for recreational fire restrictions from campground, forest, or park. Burning in restricted areas can result in hefty fines. See links below:
No Air Quality burn bans at this time and will not start again until next home heating season, around OCT 1st each year. As of April 6th, 2015, you can burn in woodstoves and fireplaces, following State and Local laws. Only burn dry wood and with lots of air for a clean burning fire.
As vegetation outside dries out, Fire Safety burn bans start at the fire district level, then become County-wide bans. Check with your local fire authority about Fire Safety burn bans.