State Parks Prohibits Campfires and Charcoal Use Statewide


Effective Friday, Washington State Parks has banned wood and charcoal fires at its parks statewide and on ocean beaches in the Seashore Conservation Area.

With extreme hot and dry conditions affecting the entire state, the campfire ban is necessary to help prevent accidental wildfires, according to a news release.

All state parks and ocean beaches are under a level 3 burn ban or higher. Level 3 prohibits the use of wood fires and charcoal briquettes. Fireworks are prohibited at all state parks. Check local ordinances for firework restrictions on ocean beaches.

Gas and propane self-contained camping stoves and portable gas and propane fire pits are permitted in designated camping and picnic sites.

The state parks burn ban aligns with the order issued by Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz pertaining to all forest lands within the Department of Natural Resources’ fire protection.

Campers and visitors to state parks should always check campfire ban levels to learn about restrictions in place and prepare for the possibility of sudden changes to restrictions due to emerging conditions.

The burn ban is in effect until further notice.