August 11, 2017
Contact: Chamise Kramer, Acting Public Affairs Officer (541) 618-2051
Rob Budge, Deputy Fire Staff—Fuels (541) 618-2102
Ahead of Eclipse, Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Will Implement Public Use Restrictions in Most Wilderness Areas
SW Oregon—With lightning moving through southwest Oregon this week, recent fire activity has increased across the area. Because of heightened fire activity, and with the expectation that higher-than-normal levels of visitors will pass through southern Oregon en route to the Path of Totality, the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is expanding the application of its current Stage 2 Restrictions to seven of the eight Wilderness Areas on the Forest.
Stage 2 Restrictions will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on August 14, 2017 in all Wilderness Areas except for the Siskiyou Wilderness, through October 31, 2017 (unless sooner rescinded).
Restrictions will be applicable to the following Wilderness Areas:
· Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area
· Red Buttes Wilderness Area
· Sky Lakes Wilderness Area
· Copper Salmon Wilderness Area
· Wild Rogue Wilderness Area
· Grassy Knob Wilderness Area
· Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness Area
With the inclusion of Wilderness Areas in the Stage 2 Restrictions, visitors to those areas will no longer be allowed to build campfires, although the use of propane and liquid-powered commercial stoves will be permitted. Smoking in a wilderness area will only be allowed in an area that is clear of vegetation and measures at least 3 feet in diameter, or while aboard watercraft on waterways. All other applicable Wilderness regulations apply for visitors to all eight Wilderness Areas on the RRSNF.
Visitors to the Forest are encouraged to continue to be extremely vigilant with fire while in the woods. Forest officials remind recreationists to never abandon a campfire, always ensuring that an extinguished campfire is cool to the touch. For tips on how to be safe and enjoy the coming Eclipse, visit the RRSNF’s website.
For more information and to see the full text of the Forest, including a list of designated recreation sites where campfires are permitted, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/ rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices.