July 31, 2015
Campfires in Developed Sites Now Prohibited
A campfire ban will go into effect across the Willamette National Forest on Saturday, August 1. Extremely dry conditions in conjunction with current and expected weather forecasts have elevated the potential risk of wildfire throughout the area.
This temporary ban prohibits all campfires, even in developed sites and in campfire rings. Smoking is also prohibited, except in vehicles, trailers, and buildings.
“With these conditions, a small spark can become a big fire real quick,” said Sean Stafford, Fire Management Officer for the Willamette National Forest. “While we understand that this ban takes away from the camping experience, we must do everything possible to prevent more forest fires.”
Campers can still cook with portable cooking stoves using pressurized liquefied gas. For more information, please visit www.fs.usda.gov/willamette and click on Fire Information, or contact the Forest Supervisor’s Office at (541) 225-6300.
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