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Campfire restrictions now in effect

Through 2013 fire season


Annual campfire restrictions went into effect June 1 on portions of the Deschutes, John Day and Crooked rivers, as well as on Bureau of Land Management-administered lands along Lake Billy Chinook.

The number one goal of the BLM is promoting safety, and the river canyons present a combination of limited access, grassy fuels that dry out quickly, and steep slopes that allow wildfires to spread rapidly.

In addition, from June 1 and continuing through the 2013 fire season, exploding targets and fireworks are prohibited on BLM-administered lands.

The river fire closures prohibit building, igniting, maintaining, attending, using, tending, or being within 20 feet of a campfire, charcoal fire, or any other type of open flame. This closure bans the use of portable propane campfires and wood pellet burning devices. The closure also restricts areas where visitors can smoke to nonpublic buildings, closed vehicles, in boats on the water or while standing in the water.

The specific campfire closure locations apply to BLM-administered lands in the following areas:

• Within 1/2-mile of the Crooked River’s edge from the Highway 97 bridge to Lake Billy Chinook;

• Within 1/2-mile of the Deschutes River’s edge from the Highway 20 bridge to Lake Billy Chinook;

• Within 1/2-mile of Lake Simtustus (located between Round Butte Dam and Pelton Dam);

• Within the Lower Deschutes National Wild and Scenic River corridor, which extends from Pelton Dam to the Columbia River;

• Within 1/2-mile of Lake Billy Chinook, including the BLM Beach dispersed recreation site located 1/2-mile east of the Three Rivers Recreation Area on the south shore of the Metolius Arm of the lake;

• Within 1/2-mile of the White River’s edge from its confluence with the Deschutes River upstream to the eastern boundary of the Mount Hood National Forest.

• The mainstem John Day River from Tumwater Falls (River Mile 10) upstream to Kimberly (RM 185);

• The North Fork John Day River, from the confluence with the mainstem at Kimberly (RM 0) upstream to the Umatilla National Forest boundary (RM 62); and,

• The South Fork John Day River from Smokey Creek (RM 6) upstream to the Malheur Forest (RM 47).

Except in emergency conditions or with permission by an agency authorized officer, there are no exceptions to this closure. A violation of this closure is punishable to by a fine of not more than $1,000 or imprisonment of not more than 12 months, or both.

For more information about these closures, or other fire restrictions on BLM-administered lands in Central Oregon, call the Prineville BLM District Office at 541-416-6700.

For current information on public use restrictions, fire closures or changes to the industrial fire precaution level on the Deschutes and Ochoco national forests and the Prineville BLM, call the information line at 1-800-523-4737.




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