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Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest rescind campfire restrictions

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Date: September 15, 2023
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 360-565-3005

Port Angeles, Wash. - Due to favorable weather conditions and seasonal changes, Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest are rescinding temporary fire restrictions. Campfires are now allowed in accordance with standard rules and regulations.  

Fire regulations include: 

  • Fires should only be built within established rings, stoves, grills, or fireplaces. 

  • Campfires and wood-burning camp stoves are only allowed below 3,500 feet elevation.  

  • On ocean beaches, fires may not be kindled closer than 10 feet to the nearest beach logs. Fires may not exceed 3 feet in diameter. Campfires and wood-burning camp stoves are not allowed on the coast between the headland at Wedding Rocks and the headland north of Yellow Banks. 

  • Open fires are prohibited in the following areas:  

  • The Elwha Project Lands 

  • The South Ozette Loop quota area (the headland at Wedding Rocks south to the Headland at the north end of Yellow Banks) 

  • Olympic Hot Springs area including Boulder Creek camp area 

  • All the area from 1/4 mile north of Elk Lake (Martin Creek) to, and including, Glacier Meadows and above, to include the lateral moraine/Blue Glacier 

  • The entire length of the Skyline Trail and the Big Creek Trail from one mile below Three Lakes 

By following these safety tips and only having fires in areas where campfires are allowed, visitors can help prevent avoidable wildfires. Keeping campfires small decreases the chance that embers will spread. Attending campfires at all times ensures they do not grow into costly, damaging wildfires.  

Campers are required by law to stay with their campfire from start to finish and all campfires must be extinguished. Campers should bring a shovel and a bucket of water to extinguish any escaped embers. When campers are ready to leave, they should drown all embers with water, stir the coals, and repeat until the fire is out. If it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave. 

Call 911 or your local non-emergency line to report illegal use of fireworks or unsafe fire use. Additional campfire and wildfire safety information can be found at                     

For additional information, contact the Olympic National Forest Supervisor’s Office at (360) 956-2402 or the Olympic National Park at (360) 565-3130. 

To learn more about these public lands, visit:  

Olympic National Forest   


Olympic National Park    


Last updated: September 15, 2023

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