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Ban on campfires to lift Thursday, Sept. 23, after weeks of cooler, wetter weather.

COURTESY PHOTO: UNSPLASH/JOSHUA NEWTON - Campfires will be allowed on the forest again starting Thursday, Sept. 23.With the relief of cooler and shorter days and some seasonal rains, Mt. Hood National Forest will lift its fire restrictions on Thursday, Sept. 23.

Industrial Fire Precaution Levels (IFPL) across the Forest were recently downgraded to Level II east of Highway 26 and Highway 35, and Level I across the rest of the forest.

"This allows firewood cutting and other activities requiring chainsaws and equipment to resume, although Level II restricts hours of use to minimize fire risk," forest service representatives said. "Please continue to be careful with possible ignition sources as fire danger remains high. After months of drought, vegetation remains dry and is susceptible to sparks. Human-caused wildfire starts can exhaust local firefighting resources as many firefighters remain engaged in fighting fires both on the forest and across the West."

Forest Service representatives also remind visitors to be equipped with plenty of water and a shovel when planning to start a campfire.

"Make sure your campfire is cold to the touch before you leave it unattended," representatives added. "Remember: if it's too hot to touch, it's too hot to leave.

Fireworks and explosive materials are always prohibited on all national forests.

For more fire safety tips, go online (smokeybear.com).


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