Wildfire, Smoke, and Restrictions
on Outdoor Activities
With cooler weather and a bit of moisture, we are not living in such a tinderbox. The Customs Road and Inchelium Complex fires, here in Ferry County, have done their damage, but are now mostly contained. We must stay vigilant, however The fire danger on the Colville National Forest and on lands under the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) jurisdiction across most of Northeast Washington is still "high", and more warm dry weather is in the forecast. All debris burning, both "permit" and "rule" have been banned on lands under DNR jurisdiction. No campfires are allowed on DNR-jurisdiction land or at Curlew State Park and fires are allowed only in metal fire rings in developed campgrounds in the Colville National Forest. It is extremely important to use caution when outdoors and to make your home "firewise" (Here is some good information on "firewise" principles.)
See below for specific restrictions on current information on open burning, including campfires and on woods-work (chainsaw use, etc.) restrictions. It is always important to be careful. (Here are some good suggestions regarding campfires). Check with the local USDA Forest Service ranger district office before cutting firewood. A free permit is required to cut firewood on forest service land.
Specific agency restrictions:
Washington Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR): Fire danger and outdoor burning information
Washington Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR): Restrictions on working in the woods, including firewood cutting
Colville National Forest - Check with local ranger district office (Republic 509-775-7400)
Restrictions on burning and cutting may differ for areas outside of Ferry County. Please check with appropriate agencies for details
For current info on wildfires burning in Washington (including smaller, more local fires), check out the following website and Facebook pages:
Another good source of information on larger Northwest fires:
Other websites with information on wildfires burning throughout the West:
For fire-related news from the Ferry County Sheriff's Office Facebook Page, click here.
For British Columbia wildfire info, click here.
The following website has good information about air quality and smoke origin:
Visit the Washington Department of Transportation website for updated information on highway closures and traffic conditions.
For the most current weather info, visit the National Weather Service website. Scroll down to the interactive map and click on a location for a detailed forecast.
Other Outdoor Activities - Protect our Natural Resources
Fireworks, incendiary devices such as exploding targets, sky lanterns, or tracer ammunition are all illegal on all DNR Protected Lands. The use of fireworks and exploding targets is prohibited on the CNF.
Keep vehicles off of areas with dry grass and brush, as hot exhaust systems can ignite vegetation. Spark arrestors on all power equipment and vehicles are very important.
Do not smoke cigarettes outside of your vehicle. Use your ashtray. It is recommended that you carry a shovel, fire extinguisher, and water in your vehicle, especially when traveling through forested areas.
When conditions change, we will post updates on this website as soon as possible. Because conditions can change quickly, it is recommended that you check directly with the appropriate agency when planning your work or recreational activity.