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Backcountry visitors need to be aware and prepared
For those contemplating a short day hike or a multi-day trek into areas of the backcountry, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest visitors need to keep a few safety guidelines in mind before heading to the woods.

People generally get in trouble hiking because they are not prepared, don't have the necessary equipment, experience or ability. Here are a few safety guidelines to ensure that your trip is a safe one.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 More...

Campfires prohibited in all state parks
Washington State Parks announced today that campfires in all state parks and ocean beaches in the Seashore Conservation Area are prohibited until further notice due to extreme heat and dry conditions. The ban is part of a statewide effort to prevent human-caused wildfires.

The prohibition on campfires in state parks complies with the announcement by Gov. Jay Inslee and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) which bans all outdoor fires on DNR-protected lands.

As of today, State Parks are under a Level 4 - Extreme fire ban or higher. A Level 4 ban means that fires are restricted to gas and propane self-contained camping stoves. No charcoal or wood fires will be allowed-even in State Parks designated fire rings. In addition, as a further precaution, gas and propane may be used for cook stoves only.

For campfire and fireworks restrictions within county and city jurisdictions, State Parks advises people to contact those entities.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 More...

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