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The Mt. Hood National Forest has issued a temporary ban on all campfires and target shooting because of elevated fire danger.

     The Mt. Hood National Forest has issued a temporary ban on all campfires and target shooting because of elevated fire danger.

Unusually hot and dry weather have combined to create a high risk of forest fire. The restrictions went into affect Tuesday, July 24.

All campfires are now prohibited across the Mt. Hood National Forest, including developed campgrounds. Target shooting, ATV use, and smoking outside enclosed buildings or vehicles are prohibited on National Forest lands encompassing the entire Mt. Hood National Forest until these restrictions are lifted.

Forest Service crews have extinguished more than 60 abandoned campfires across the Mt. Hood National Forest and have responded to multiple human caused wildfires so far this summer.

With the current hot, dry conditions any wildfire start poses a greater threat to firefighter safety, public safety and personal property. If a wildfire were to escape initial attack it has the potential to spread rapidly in these conditions.

"We know campfires are a big part of camping, but this year is unusually hot and dry so we all need to do our part to ensure the safety of the public," said Forest Supervisor Richard Periman. "With these kinds of conditions any fire can become a big problem fast, putting lives and property at risk."

OHV use will be prohibited in the McCubbins, La Dee, and Rock Creek OHV areas.

Under these restrictions, the following acts are prohibited on the Mt. Hood National Forest:

• Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or charcoal fire. Portable cooking stoves and lanterns using liquefied or bottled fuel are permissible.

• Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed campground or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter, which is barren and cleared of all flammable material.

• Operating a generator without spark arresting device.

• Operating a chainsaw for personal fire wood collection.

• Possessing or using motorized vehicles (motorcycles, ATVs, OHVs, etc.) on National Forest system trails.

• Target Shooting.

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