It is expected to be busy in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest this Memorial Day weekend.

Public Affairs Officer Robin Demario called it the unofficial kickoff to the camping season.

"Folks looking for sites to camp in the forest will need to have alternative plans in mind in case their favorite campground is not yet open or if it has already filled up; most fill up by late Friday afternoon."

She says to also prepare for both warm and cold temperatures and practice "Leave No Trace" particularly in dispersed camping areas.

She stressed that it's important to be safe this weekend if you go outdoors.

"Melting snow is causing river levels to increase so be very careful around water. Keep a close eye on children and pets near stream banks which may be unstable due to higher water levels. Water temperatures are very cold."

Also, if you have a campfire, make sure you put it out completely so that it's cold to the touch.

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