Sharing the road safely with child pedestrians.

All drivers need to recognize the special safety needs of pedestrians, especially those that are children. Young, elderly, disabled and intoxicated pedestrians are the most frequent victims in auto-pedestrian collisions. Generally, pedestrians have the right-of-way at all intersections; however, regardless of the rules of the road or right-of-way, you as a driver are obligated to exercise great care and extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians.

Drivers should not block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn. Do not stop with a portion of your vehicle over the crosswalk. Blocking the crosswalk forces pedestrians to go around your vehicle and puts them in a dangerous situation.

In a school zone, when a warning flasher or flashers are blinking, you must stop to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a marked crosswalk or at an intersection with no marked crosswalk.

Always stop when directed to do so by a school patrol sign, school patrol officer or designated crossing guard.
Children are the least predictable pedestrians and the most difficult to see. Take extra care to look out for children not only in school zones, but also in residential areas, playgrounds and parks.

Don’t honk your horn, rev your engine or do anything to rush or scare a pedestrian in front of your car, even if you have the legal right-of-way. 



Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
215 Melody Lane
Wenatchee, WA 98801

August 26, 2014  –  4:30 p.m.
Contacts:  Forest Public Affairs Officer Mick Mueller, 509-664-9314 or Public Affairs Specialist Robin DeMario, 509-664-9292               

Campfire restrictions reduced on national forest lands

WENATCHEE—The ban on campfires in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest will be partially lifted on August 27.   Starting Wednesday, campers may have campfires in metal fire rings in designated campgrounds in six of the seven Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest ranger districts.  Naches Ranger District is the only district where campfires will not be allowed in campgrounds.  Campfires will also be allowed in all federally designated wilderness areas in the forest.

Campfire restrictions in these areas were downgraded because of cooler weather and recent precipitation that has reduced fire danger in some areas of the national forest. 

“Recent cooler weather conditions in conjunction with normal seasonal changes have begun to reduce fire danger,” said Forest Fire Management Officer Keith Satterfield.

 “With reduced fire activity still going on in the Chiwaukum, Hansel and Duncan fires, forest visitors need to remember that wildfires can still occur.  That's why it is so important to be careful when building any campfires, whether they are in established campgrounds or in other areas of the national forest,” Satterfield said.  “We don’t want an unattended campfire to become a wildfire.”

In areas where campfires are allowed, forest visitors are advised to build them in an established fire pit, remove flammable materials from around the pit, construct the fire away from overhanging vegetation, and keep the fire small.  Most importantly, make sure that all campfires are completely extinguished and cold to the touch before leaving a campsite.

The cooler temperatures and moisture also allowed Industrial Fire Precaution Levels for woodcutting to be lowered to level 2. This means that woodcutters can cut firewood from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; they must turn off their chainsaws at 1 p.m. and stay in the area for one hour to watch for possible fire starts.

For more information about campfires or woodcutting, please contact any Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest office.


DNR bans all outdoor burning – August 11, 2014

Those Who Start Or Spread Fires Subject To Civil And Criminal Penalties

OLYMPIA – With dangerously hot and dry weather driving fire danger to a new high, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is expanding the current statewide burn ban to cover all outdoor burning on all DNR-protected lands, with no exceptions, the agency announced today.

“All indicators are that we’ll continue to have high heat, low humidity, and storm systems with winds and lightning. That means huge potential for wildfires,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. “We need to do everything we can to minimize danger to people, homes and habitat.”

Hot and dry conditions since early summer have caused very high fire hazard conditions throughout the state. These conditions have caused fires to spread rapidly and challenged firefighting efforts. More than $91 million has been spent so far battling wildfires in 2014, and more than 350,000 acres have burned across the state. There are many weeks to go in this year’s fire season, which usually runs into October.

All outdoor burning on DNR-protected lands is prohibited under this ban, including recreational fires in campgrounds or anywhere on DNR-protected lands. Fireworks and incendiary devices, such as exploding targets, sky lanterns, or tracer ammunition, are illegal on all DNR-protected lands. Charcoal briquettes are also not allowed.

In addition, DNR urges extreme caution around any activity that may cause a fire to start. Under these severe fire-hazard conditions, logging operations, land clearing, road and utility right-of-way maintenance, use of spark-emitting equipment, and other activities that create a high risk of fire ignition should be drastically curtailed.

Those who negligently allow fire to spread or who knowingly place forestlands in danger of destruction or damage are subject to possible civil liabilities and criminal penalties under state law. DNR, as well as anyone harmed by such a fire, may pursue damages that include loss of property and fire suppression costs.

The statewide burn ban will run through September 30, 2014. It applies to all lands under DNR fire protection, which does not include federally owned lands.

Wildland Fire Information

With the increased threat of wildland fires in the area Chelan Fire & Rescue wants to help residents learn ways they can stay informed and what steps to take to be prepared during this wildfire season.

Currently the Chelan County Sherriff’s office is taking the lead on public information and will be releasing current updates and information on local fires that could potentially affect Chelan County residents.  Visit their website at

Or follow them on the Chelan County Office of Emergency Management Facebook Page and Twitter.

Local media will also be distributing information on local radio and websites as it becomes available.

KOZI    93.5 FM  AM 1230

The Mirror -

Go Lake Chelan.

Wenatchee World


An app for your phone is also available for wildfire news and updates to download:
search "Red Cross Wildfire" in the Apple App Store or Google Play.

For Traffic Alerts and Road Closures

For Red Cross Shelter Locations

Evacuation Guide

Wildfire is unpredictable, can move and change its course rapidly and when fueled with dry grass, timber and strong winds it can spread quickly throughout the Columbia River Valley. In Chelan County, a three-tiered evacuation system is used.  It is important for residents to know what the evacuation levels mean and to act accordingly  when asked to prepare or actually evacuate. 

These evacuation orders are very serious and are not implemented without good reason and concern for the safety of residents.

Level 1  Evacuations are an alert. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists, and monitor local media outlets for information. Residents with special needs, or those with pets or livestock, should take note and make preparations for relocating family members, pets, and livestock.

Level 2  - Evacuations indicate there is a significant risk to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the area, or, be ready to leave at a moments notice.

Level 3 -  means danger is currently affecting your area or is imminent, and you should leave immediately.

Preparing in advance is key for a successful, calm, and orderly evacuation. Wildfire is a great threat within Chelan County, and something all residents should prepare for. Making a kit, having a plan, and remaining informed is vital. 

For more information on how to prepare to evacuate yourself and family if necessary visit Ready.Gov at


The Latest changes to Outdoor Burning Rules:

Fire Regulations Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50 (a), the following acts are prohibited on National Forest System Lands as described below within the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests.

1. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire fire, or stove fire.For the purpose of this order, this restriction includes briquette fires and applies to all National Forest System Lands within the Okanogan – Wenatchee National Forest.(36 CFR 261.52

         (a)).Persons maintaining a pressurized liquid gas stove, pressurized liquid gas fire, or an enclosed solid fuel fire that utilizes a wick to distribute a flame are exempt from this order.This order is effective 0100 hours July 18, 2014 and will remain in effect until further notice.Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50 (e), the following persons are exempt from this order:
     1. Persons with a permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act or omission.
     2. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty.This prohibition is in addition to the general prohibitions in 36 CFR 261, Subpart A.Done at Wenatchee, Washington this July 17, 2014./s/ Michael BalboniMichael L. BalboniForest SupervisorOkanogan-Wenatchee NFViolations of these prohibitions are punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000.00 for an individual or $10,000.00 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or both. (16 USC Section 551 and 18 USC 3559 and 3571).

Resolution No. 2014-72

Subject Emergency Declaration Amendment to Resolution #2014-66 by One Commissioner (Chelan County Commissioners)  

Resolution 2014-73

High Fire Danger Fire Ban for Chelan County



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