Hot, dry weather helps breed forest fires
There are almost too many fires around the state of Oregon to count. That's why Oregon's Parks and recreation Department banned all campfires and open flames in all state park properties at 10 a.m. on July 19.
The prohibition is a response to Gov. Kate Brown's declaration of a fire emergency. The ban includes campgrounds, day-use areas all areas along the ocean and on beaches managed by OPRD.
The ban includes all wood, charcoal and any other flame sources that cannot be turned off with a valve. Liquid fuel stoves or cooking devices that can be turned off with a valve are permitted, but can't be left unattended.
The ban is meant to avoid any accidental fires on Oregon park and recreation department land that would further burden already limited firefighting resources, according to MG Devereux, ORPD deputy director.
"We understand this is an inconvenience for campers, especially those who might not see the immediate need for local fire restrictions. We appreciate the public's patience and their willingness to help protect our natural areas," Devereux said.
The ban currently is expected to last a week, but will be re-evaluated based on weather, resource conditions and input from the Oregon Department of Forestry and other state and local fire officials.
Visitors planning a trip to a state park should check for up-to-date information about fires, fire restrictions or by calling state parks information at 800-551-6949.
Let's help #KeepOregonGreen by following posted campfire restrictions and bans. Conditions and situations can change quickly so check with the park where you're staying for new and additional information. Updated information is available by phone, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the above phone number.
Campfires are allowed in designated fire rings only. All must be attended and fully extinguished afterward. Keep water, a shovel or a fire extinguisher within reach of any campfire at all times. Watch children and pets during and after a campfire. Metal fire rings retail heat long after the fire is out. In state parks, smoking is allowed in designated campsites only and butts should be fully extinguished and put in the trash. Where allowed, fires on the ocean shore must be made of natural materials only—no pallets or other assembled wood—and kept 3-feet by 3-feet or smaller, and placed more than 25-feet away and downwind from driftwood and grass.
Fireworks are prohibited year-round.
Willamette Valley—A small fire is burning near the southeastern boundary of Silver Falls State Park. Back country trail are closed. The Youth, Howard Creek Horse and Howard Creek Day-use Parks all are closed. The Ranches have reopened. All other areas in the park are open and events are proceeding as usual.
Southern Oregon—Joseph Stewart State Park campground and day-use area are open, but be aware there is heavy equipment in the area. A Type 2 Incident Management team is based in the park to assist with multiple fires burning in Southern Oregon.
Central Oregon—Three parks here are affected.
Cottonwood Canyon State Park is currently open but under a Level 2 evacuation notice because of the Substation Fire.
Deschutes River State Recreation Area is closed and evacuated because of the Substation Fire.
Heritage Landing is closed and evacuated because of the Substation fire.
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