Campfires now allowed in compliant fire pits

 Fire danger is now rated at HIGH in Chelan County which does allow campfires in compliant campfire areas.

“Campfire area” is an outdoor fire-burning area for recreational fires where natural wood materials other than rubbish can be burned. The campfire area must have all combustible material removed down to mineral soil and shall have a containment area of either rock, metal, concrete or any other noncombustible material and shall not be more than thirty-six inches in diameter and twenty-four inches high. All combustible material one and one-half feet surrounding the campfire area shall be removed. Fuel for the recreational residential campfire shall not extend above the edge of the campfire containment area.
High fire danger restrictions include:
(i) No Fireworks. Use, display, and discharge of all fireworks are prohibited.
(ii) Further Restricted Outdoor Fires. No person shall build, ignite, or maintain any outdoor fire of any kind or character, or for any purpose whatsoever, in or upon any high fire hazard area, except by the authority of a written permit or approval from the appropriate fire protection agency.
Exception: No permit will be required for outdoor fires on private residential premises or designated campsites where such fires may be built in a permanent barbecue, portable barbecue, outdoor fireplace, or grill. Such a permit shall incorporate such terms and conditions to reasonably safeguard public safety and property.
(iii) Restricted Open Flame Devices. No person shall operate or use any device liable to start or cause fire in or upon any high fire hazard area, except for the approved open flame devices listed below or by the authority of a written permit from the appropriate fire protection agency:
(a) Approved Open Flame Devices. Liquid gas stoves or fires, including:
(I) Pressurized gas camp stoves, catalytic heaters, and white gas camp stoves and lanterns.
(II) Commercially made labeled barbeque devices.
(III) Stove or fireplace fires completely contained within a home or residence.
(IV) Propane or pressurized white gas warming devices with a shield and base.
(V) An enclosed solid fuel fire that utilizes a wick to distribute the flame.
(VI) Commercial operators can obtain a permit from the county fire marshal or permission from the appropriate fire protection agency for non-labeled devices.

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