In response to the warm days of summer and drying fuel conditions, both forecast to continue in coming weeks, Olympic National Park has instituted a ban on all open fires in the park's wilderness backcountry, to begin Thursday, August 4 at 11:00 p.m.
"With the forecast for continued warm and dry conditions, we are taking this precautionary approach to protect park resources and the safety of our visitors, employees and neighbors," Olympic National Park Superintendent Bill Laitner today.
Effective Thursday at 11:00 p.m., campfires will be 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. Laitner urges extreme caution with any open flame.
People are urged to notify the nearest ranger station or park headquarters at (360) 565-3000 to report abandoned campfires or smoke within the park.
This ban has been instituted in conjunction with the Olympic National Forest.