Peninsula: Fires banned on national park and forest land

Dry conditions and high fire danger on the North Olympic Peninsula have prompted federal officials to declare a burn ban on national park and Forest Service land.

An ban on open fires in Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest goes into effect at 11 p.m. today.

The fire ban will remain in effect until the region receives a significant amount of rain, Ken Eldredge of Olympic National Forest said Wednesday.

“It could be the rest of the summer, assuming that the weather stays nice and hot,” he said.

The ban applies to all open fires on federal lands.

In the national forest, campfires will be permitted in fireplaces provided at the forest’s 18 designated campgrounds.

Fires are not allowed in the backcountry, wilderness or at dispersed campsites along forest roads.

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