Fire restrictions and closures
Updated Sept. 16, 2022
To help reduce the risk of wildfire on state-managed wildlife and water access areas, WDFW restricted campfires and other activities on WDFW-managed lands in Eastern Washington as of July 15, 2022. Learn more in our news release.
The restrictions prohibit the following activities east of the Cascades:
- Fires or campfires, including those in fire rings. Personal camp stoves and lanterns fueled by propane, liquid petroleum, or liquid petroleum gas are allowed.
- Discharge of firearms for target shooting or other purposes by anyone not engaged in lawful hunting.
- Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle. Do not throw lit cigarettes out your window.
- Welding and operating chainsaws, including the use of an acetylene torch or other open flame.
- Operating a motor vehicle away from developed roads. Parking is permitted within designated parking areas, including developed campgrounds and trailheads; and in areas without vegetation that are within 10 feet of roadways.
- The White River Wildlife Area Unit within the Chelan Wildlife Area is temporarily closed to protect public safety during the White River Fire. More information on the White River Fire is available at the InciWeb website.
Proceed with caution in fire mop-up areas
Please be mindful of firefighters working in the following recently reopened area on remaining mop up. Avoid burned areas for safety.
As of Aug. 12, the Wenas Wildlife Area is fully open, with the Cow Canyon Fire fully contained. Information on that fire can be found at Cow Canyon Information - InciWeb the Incident Information System (nwcg.gov).
Plan your outdoor adventure
Get ready for your outdoor adventure! Plan your trip to a WDFW wildlife area or water access area. WDFW actively manages more than 1 million acres of public land and 500+ water access areas throughout the state.
Target shooting on WDFW-managed lands
WDFW strives to provide a positive recreational experience for all outdoor enthusiasts at our wildlife areas across the state. As the number of people recreating on public lands increases each year, it is important for all visitors to have an extra level of awareness.
Know before you shoot! WDFW’s target shooting regulation changed earlier this year to increase public safety, prevent wildfires, and protect habitat. Review the rule and frequently asked questions.
For more information, review the Target Shooting in Washington Brochure.
- Burns bans in Washington, organized by county and other jurisdictions
- Emergency fire closures for National Forests in Pacific Northwest Region
- Conditions for Methow Valley Recreation
- DNR Fire Restrictions Restrictions that apply to DNR-protect forestlands throughout Washington
- DNR Fire Dashboard Situation snapshot of fires in Washington and preparedness levels
- InciWeb Up-to-date information on wildfires in U.S.
- Okanogan County Emergency Management
- Washington State Park closures
How to help wildlife impacted by wildfires
Check out our blog, Four ways to help wildlife after wildfires.