Olympic National Park has instituted a ban on all open fires in the park's wilderness backcountry, effective as of Sept. 10.
The ban is in response to the warmer temperatures of summer and the continued drying out of forest fuels, both forecast to continue in coming weeks.
This ban has been instituted in conjunction with the Olympic National Forest, and is expected to be in place until seasonal rains occur in October.
"With the forecast for warmer than normal temperatures and drier conditions, as well as seeing an increase in human-caused fires in the park, we are taking this precautionary approach to protect park resources and the safety of our visitors, employees and neighbors," Olympic National Park Superintendent Karen Gustin said.
Campfires are permitted only in established fire grates at established front-country campgrounds. Along the park's coastal strip, campfires will be permitted only along the beach below the high tide line, except between Yellow Banks and Wedding Rocks, where all campfires are prohibited.
Camp stoves may still be used in the park's wilderness backcountry, but should be operated well away from flammable vegetation and forest litter. Please use caution with any open flame.
People are urged to notify the nearest ranger station or park headquarters at 565-3000 to report abandoned campfires or smoke within the park.