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Fire restrictions increase on Rogue River Wild section

Increased fire restrictions go into effect Saturday on land within the boundaries of the Wild section of the Rogue National Wild and Scenic River.

The Wild section is located west of Grants Pass on the Rogue River beginning at Grave Creek and going downstream to Watson Creek.

With the forest drying out and the weather heating up, stage two fire restrictions are in effect.

Campfires, including stove fires and warming fires, are prohibited. Portable cooking stoves using commercially produced pressurized liquid or gas may be used. Cooking areas must be naturally free of vegetation.

Charcoal briquettes can be used within a raised fire pan or similar device that will contain fire and ashes only on areas free of vegetation that lie between the river’s edge and the high water mark. Ashes must be hauled out.

As a preventive measure, travelers are required to carry one shovel and a bucket.

Smoking is prohibited, except in boats on the water and on sand and gravel bars between the river and the high water mark that are free of vegetation.

Additional fire restrictions will be put in place as the fire season advances. They will remain in effect through Nov. 30 unless conditions allow them to be rescinded sooner.

The Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River is managed by the Medford District Bureau of Land Management from Grave Creek downriver to Marial, and by the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest from Marial downriver to Watson Creek.

For more information about the fire restrictions, call the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Supervisor’s Office at 541-618-2200, the Grants Pass Interagency Office at 541-471-6500 or the Smullin Visitor Center located at the Rand National Historic Site at 541-479-3735.

Fire restrictions increased Saturday on the Wild section of the Rogue River west of Grants Pass. Photo by Nancy McClain