Olympia, wa -

The Washington State Parks department  announced today that campfires in all state parks are banned until further notice.

The department hopes the move will help prevent human-caused wildfires during the hot, dry season on both sides of the Cascade Mountains.

Propane and liquid gas stoves appropriate for camping and backcountry use are still allowed.

On Tuesday, the Department of Natural Resources banned outdoor burning on lands protected by DNR.