A year-round fireworks ban on certain public lands, implemented this past June, is still active, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a recent news release.
With wildfire season already underway, agency officials are urging the public to comply with the ban. Fireworks are currently prohibited on all 33 fish and wildlife areas and 700-plus water access sites.
Personal camp stoves and lanterns are allowed. Small campfires are also permissible in all areas except on the Wenas, Colockum, LT Murray, Oak Creek, Sunnyside-Snake River and Columbia Basin wildlife areas.
In addition to complying with the year-round ban, outdoor enthusiasts who use public lands are asked to consider these safer practices to avoid fires:
• Cook camp meals on small camp stoves and light your camp with battery-operated lanterns.
• If you must have a campfire, keep it small, in the open away from trees, preferably within a metal or stone ring, and put it out cold with water rather than letting it slowly die out through the night.
• Don’t smoke outside of vehicles; even if you think they’re out, don’t toss cigarettes or other smoking materials outside.
Visit http://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/public_conduct_rules/index.html for details.