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
A Burn ban on all outdoor burning & use of charcoal / briquettes in the unincorporated Kittitas County remain in place until further notice.
– Recreational fires on private land may be allowed by Fire Chief approval in these districts: Kittitas Valley Fire & Rescue #2 (KVFR#2), Kittitas Co Fire Dist #4 Vantage, & Snoqualmie Pass Fire & Rescue. Lands east of the Cascade crest, protected by Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR), a burn ban has started June 16, 2015.
KVFR#2 may allow, with prior Fire Chief approval, commercial Agricultural burning with an approved burn permit from Ecology, Central Region, Air Quality Program. After receiving permission from KVFR#2, contact Ecology: M-F, 8AM-5PM @ (509) 575-2490, ask for the Smoke Team member on duty.
Always check for recreational fire restrictions from campground, forest, or park before burning. 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.