Oregon Officials Ban ‘Wilderness Area’ Campfires

In addition to current fire restrictions, Oregon’s Willamette National Forest fire managers said Thursday they are banning campfires in all wilderness areas, according to KTVZ.

“Unfortunately, despite earlier restrictions, we continue to see illegal and abandoned fires,” said Deputy Forest Supervisor Holly Jewkes. “Given the abundance of wildfire activity, the relative shortage of resources, and the increasingly hot and dry weather, we are going a step further and banning the use of campfires in wilderness areas.”

The campfire ban includes all land within the wilderness boundaries on both the Willamette and the Deschutes National Forests.

Fire restrictions put in place July 20 are still in effect. Campfires are allowed in metal or concrete fire rings in the designated campgrounds listed below. Use of charcoal briquettes is prohibited, but camp stoves that run on propane or liquid fuels and have an on/off switch are acceptable.

Smoking is not allowed, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or a developed recreation site. Generators are permitted only in areas devoid of vegetation, such as a paved area or developed campsite. Motorized vehicles may operate only on designated trails and roads.

Santiam and Huckleberry OHV areas remain open but riders are cautioned to park in areas devoid of vegetation for 10 feet around any vehicle.

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