Mt. Hood National Forest leaders announce ban on campfires
Because of warm weather and dry conditions, campfires are temporarily prohibited on the Mt. Hood National Forest.
The ban, which includes developed campgrounds and went into effect on Wednesday, Aug. 5, applies to all campfires, charcoal or briquette fires, pellet fires or any other open fires. Portable cooking stoves and lanterns using liquefied or bottled fuel are still allowed, since they can be instantly switched off.
During July, Forest Service crews extinguished more than 100 abandoned campfires across the Mt. Hood National Forest. Additionally, August and September are predicted to have higher than average temperatures.
"With the current dry, hot conditions any wildfire start poses a greater threat to firefighter safety, public safety and personal property," Forest Service leaders wrote in a press release. "This year every preventable fire also increases our firefighters' risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus, which could impact our ability to respond to fires as the season continues."
Dirk Shupe, fire management staff officer for the Mt. Hood National Forest, spoke to the importance of preventing wildfires.
"Fires caused by abandoned or escaped campfires create unnecessary risk for firefighters, our communities and the forest," he said.
To read the full text of Mt. Hood National Forest Service staff's order prohibiting campfires, visit fs.usda.gov/main/mthood/fire.
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