Due in part to dry conditions, and that there have already been some 527 fires this season, there is now a campfire ban across the state, effective through September 30.

The ban applies to lands overseen or managed by the Department of Natural Resources.  It does NOT apply to federal lands, according to DNR:

"The statewide burn ban applies to state forests, state parks and forestlands protected by DNR firefighters. It prohibits all outdoor burning, including campfires in fire pits and the use of charcoal briquettes. Liquid or propane camp stoves that do not use solid briquettes and have on/off controls are permitted. 
The statewide ban does not include federally-owned lands such as national forests, national parks, national wildlife refuges or other areas administered by federal agencies."
 After the record drought of 2015, which saw more than one million acres of land burn, there's been noticeable recovery, but dry conditions still called for the ban, say officials. If you're not sure whether you'll be able to light that campfire when recreating before the fall, check to see if the area you're traveling to is a federal or state-managed area.
Click here to see information about parks and other areas affected by the burn ban.


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