The Pennsylvania Game Commission is putting limits in place to regulate who can set and maintain fires on state game lands.
Under the change, those setting campfires on game lands must possess a valid hunting, furtaking or fishing license or be through-hiking on the Appalachian Trail, the agency announced Tuesday.
Precautions must be taken to prevent the spread of the fire, and the fires must be attended at all times and extinguished completely before the site is vacated.
Fires will not be permitted at times when the fire index rating used by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is high, very high, or extreme.
Hunters, trappers, anglers and Appalachian Trail through-hikers have been permitted to use open fires for cooking or warming purposes.
Recently, however, the commission said there has been an increase of open fires that have nothing to do with the intended uses of game lands.