Campfires prohibited on Mt. Hood forest, Columbia River Gorge
Because of the risk of wildfire, campfires have been temporarily prohibited in the Mt. Hood National Forest and Forest Service lands in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.
The June 30 order from the U.S. Forest Service comes after Oregon saw a record-breaking heat wave, with temperatures reaching 117 degrees earlier this week.
The campfire restrictions will begin Thursday, July 1, in the Gorge and Friday, July 2, in the Mt. Hood National Forest and the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
Per the order, all campfires, charcoal or briquette fires, pellet fires or any open fires are prohibited. Portable cooking stoves, lanterns and heating devices using liquefied or bottled fuel are still allowed because they can be instantly switched off.
Additionally, target shooting is temporarily prohibited and fireworks are always prohibited on national forests.
Because of the current hot and dry conditions, wildfires pose a greater threat to firefighter safety, public safety, and personal property.
"We are seeing conditions that are more common to August," said Dirk Shupe, Fire Management Staff Officer for the Gifford Pinchot and Mt. Hood National Forests. "With a dry summer ahead, we want to limit the unnecessary risk caused by abandoned or escaped campfires to our local communities, and the recreating public."
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