Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest have both enacted campfire restrictions effective immediately:
• Olympic National Forest has banned open campfires and smoking. Wood and charcoal fires are allowed only in developed campgrounds with established concrete or steel-grated fire pits or rings. Portable stoves or lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel also are permitted.
Smoking is allowed only within enclosed vehicles and developed recreation sites. Violators can face a $5,000 fine and/or six months in jail.
• Olympic National Park has banned all open fires in the park’s wilderness backcountry. Campfires are permitted only in established fire grates at established front-country campgrounds.
Camp stoves still may be used in the park’s wilderness backcountry, but should be operated well away from flammable vegetation and forest litter.
Notify the nearest ranger station or park headquarters at 360-565-3000 to report abandoned campfires or smoke within the park.
For more information, call Olympic National Park’s Wilderness Information Center at 360-565-3100 or the park’s Fire Management Office at 360-565-3120.