UPDATE, 3:35 p.m.: The parks included in the ban are the private and public campgrounds that are under Washington DNR fire protection, said Janet Pearce, Communications manager for DNR. Campgrounds on federal land are not included in the ban at this time.
Pearce suggests calling ahead to check on whether the campground where you are headed will be allowing campfires.
The National Weather Service is warning of critical wildfire conditions in Oregon and southwest Washington.
The agency issued a “red flag warning” through Tuesday after hot weather increased the risk of thunderstorms. Forecasters say there could be several rounds of thunderstorms Monday night.
Crews are already fighting dozens of fires in the Northwest. The weather service says that given dry conditions on the ground there’s a “high potential for lightning strikes to generate several new fires.”
A fire weather watch was also issued for parts of Washington state, with thunderstorms expected to develop along the crest of the Cascade Mountains and then spread north and west.