The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has raised the fire danger for most of eastern and southeastern WA to high, which is in the middle of their threat chart.

As of Friday June 18th, the high classification went into effect. What does that mean for recreation? Not a huge change, but no permit or rule burns are allowed (those apply mainly to the agriculture and timber industry).

DNR fire danger codes (DNR)

As for campfires, the status is listed as ADCO which means approved in designated campgrounds only. 

So, if you area camping out, no wilderness marshmallow toasting, at least on DNR lands. There are at least 20 campgrounds in SE WA state that are managed by the Department of Natural Resources.

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The best practices would be to make sure you only do campfires in approved areas, and be careful when you do.

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