Parkwide Fire Ban Lifted at Mount Rainier National Park

By Nisqually Valley News staff
Posted 9/20/22

Mount Rainier National Park has lifted its parkwide fire ban after they consulted with area and regional fire officials.

The ban was put in place to fight the risk of human-caused wildland fire …

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Parkwide Fire Ban Lifted at Mount Rainier National Park

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Mount Rainier National Park has lifted its parkwide fire ban after they consulted with area and regional fire officials.

The ban was put in place to fight the risk of human-caused wildland fire during serious weather conditions, unhealthy air quality due to smoke, and concerns related to wildfire activity in the park’s proximity, stated a news release.

The park will allow its three campgrounds to have campfires. The campgrounds include the Cougar Rock Campground, the White River Campground and the Ohanapecosh Campground.

The lifting of the fire ban brings Mount Rainier National Park “into alignment with adjacent U.S. Forest Service lands,” stated the news release.

Park officials urge campers to refrain from burning trash and noted people should never leave their campfires unattended. They also reminded campers that branches, twigs and cones “nourish the forest as they decompose” and to “not collect these materials to create a fire.”



Campers can purchase dry firewood within Mount Rainier National Park at the Longmire General Store. The park reminds campers to “buy it where you burn it.” Firewood brought from other locations may have invasive insect species imposing a threat to park inhabitants, stated the release.

Firewood that is utilized should be cut within 50 miles of where the campfire will be and should include wood that looks clean and healthy, and wood that isn’t “aged” or “seasoned,” stated the release.

Mount Rainier National Park also reminds its campers that fires are never allowed on trails or in the park’s wilderness.

For more information on wilderness camping, consult the park’s wilderness guidelines.

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