Because of heightened fire danger, campfires at all state parks and stage-managed forests east of Interstate 5 are prohibited starting Thursday, July 22.
The ban applies to Lewis and Clark State Recreation Site in Troutdale, Rooster Rock and Guy W. Talbot state parks in Corbett as well as the Dabney State Recreation Area, Milo McIver State Park in Estacada and Bonnie Lure State Recreation Area in Eagle Creek.
Prohibited are charcoal fires, cooking fires, warming fires, charcoal briquettes, pellet grills, candles, tiki torches and other devices that emit flames or embers. Portable cooking stoves or propane lanterns using liquefied or bottle fuels are allowed, but propane fire pits are not.
Oregon State Parks said in a statement that banning campfires east of Interstate 5 was necessary to "protect life and property in what is already a very challenging and dangerous fire season."
Hot, dry weather has plagued the state for weeks and is expected to continue into the foreseeable future.
"We are seeing record-low humidity in much of the state, and as forest fuels dry out there is tremendous potential for fire to establish and spread quickly,'' Oregon State Forester Nancy Hirsch said. "With months of fire season left, this measure will help us prevent one of the most common types of human-caused fires, which reduces the risk to our communities and natural resources."
The ban is meant to help mitigate humans-caused fires, which account for about 70% of wildfires, the state said.
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