Fire Restriction Lifted, Ore. Seeing Cooler Weather

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

Oregon’s Wallowa-Whitman National Forest lifted public use restrictions pertaining to recreational chainsaw use, smoking and motorized travel.

According to The Observer, seasonal campfire restrictions will remain in place until Oct. 31, with the intent to allow recreational users to be able to enjoy campfires on public land in a responsible way, said a release from the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

Although cooler temperatures and periodic precipitation lessen fire danger, conditions can change very quickly this time of year. A day or two of warmer weather, combined with wind, can quickly increase fire danger.

Campfires are allowed only in fire pits surrounded by dirt, rock, or commercial rings and in areas not conducive to rapid fire spread, at a minimum clear of all flammable material within a radius of three feet from the edge of the pit and free of overhanging material. Shady spots away from dry logs, overhanging branches, bushes, and down needles or leaves are good. Existing fire pits should be used wherever possible.

Campfires must be attended at all times and completely extinguished prior to leaving. When leaving, be sure your fire is dead out. Drowning the campfire with water and stirring charred material to be sure no embers remain or roots or debris are smoldering is good technique.

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