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Wood fires are prohibited in some areas of wilderness. West of the Elwha and North Fork of the Quinault, only stoves are allowed above 3,500 feet. East of this line only stoves must be used above 4,000 feet. If you make a wood fire, build it in an existing fire ring. On the beach, be sure to make your fire at least 10 feet away from the nearest beach log, and if possible, below the high tide line. Fires on the coastal beaches are permitted as long as they are small and built away from driftwood.


The use of campfires in the backcountry, once a necessity, is now steeped in history and tradition. Stoves are now essential equipment for minimum-impact camping trips because they are fast and eliminate firewood availability as a concern in campsite selection.

Use dead and down wood only. In high use areas, build campfires in existing fire rings to concentrate impacts. On the coast, build your fire below the high tide line. Consider using a large wok, gold pan or other metal container to avoid making scars on the ground.

These principles and practices depend more on attitude and awareness than on rules and regulations; they must be based on a respect for and appreciation of wild places and their inhabitants.


In campgrounds where wood is not available for sale by concession services, visitor may collect dead wood on the ground within one mile of campgrounds. Wood gathering is permitted along road corridors within 100 feet of the road. In the Deer Park area, firewood may be collected only in designated areas.

Wood gathering is permitted along road corridors within 100 feet of the road. The collecting of driftwood along the coast and river banks is permitted; along Park lakes it is prohibited. Firewood collected may not be removed from the Park. Under no circumstances, may material be taken from living trees or plants. Power saws are prohibited.

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