Campfires banned in all state parks and forests east of I-5
Campfires will be banned in all state parks and state-managed forestland, even in designated campfire zones, east of Interstate 5 effective starting Thursday because of the fire danger and limited firefighting resources.
The ban includes 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, though propane fire pits are not, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the Oregon Department of Forestry.
“The step of banning campfires east of Interstate 5 was deemed a necessary measure to protect life and property in what is already a very challenging and dangerous fire season,” the ODF release said.
“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.”