Bureau of Land Management
Prineville, OR 97754
Oregon State Parks Update:
July 20, 2018
Campfires and open flames prohibited in Oregon State Parks
SALEM, Ore. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is prohibiting all campfires and open flames in all state park properties effective 10 a.m. today. The ban is in response to Gov. Brown’s declaration of a fire emergency. The campfire and open flame ban includes campgrounds, day-use areas, and all areas of the Ocean Shore and beaches managed by OPRD.
The fire ban applies to wood, charcoal, and other flame sources that cannot be turned off with a valve. Liquid fuel stoves or cooking devices that can be turned off with a valve are permitted, but cannot be left unattended. Propane fire pits are allowed in coastal parks and restricted in other areas.
MG Devereux, OPRD deputy director, says the ban is meant to avoid any accidental fires on OPRD property that would further tax limited firefighting resources.
“We understand this is an inconvenience for campers, especially those who might not see the immediate need for local fire restrictions,” said Devereux. “We appreciate the public’s patience and their willingness to help protect our natural areas.”
The fire ban is expected to last at least one week, but will be evaluated based on weather, resource conditions and input from Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and other state and local fire officials.
Visitors planning a trip to a state park should check for up-to-date information about fire restrictions below or by calling the state parks info line at 800-551-6949.
You can help #KeepOregonGreen by following posted campfire restrictions and bans. Conditions and situations change quickly, so please check with the park you're staying at for new or additional restrictions. Updated information is also available by phone M-F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 800-551-6949.
Park closures and fire-related impacts
There is a small fire near the southeastern boundary of Silver Falls State Park. Back country trails in the area are closed. The Youth Camp, Howard Creek Horse Camp, Howard Creek Day-use area, and 214 Trailhead are also all closed. The Ranches have reopened. All other areas in the park are open and park events are proceeding as usual. Conditions can change quickly, watch for updates here.
Joseph Stewart State Park campground and day-use area open, but visitors should be aware of heavy equipment in the area. A Type 2 Incident Management Team is based in the park to assist with multiple fires burning in southern Oregon.
Cottonwood Canyon State Park open, but under a Level 2 evacuation notice.
Deschutes River State Recreation Area closed because of the Substation Fire.
Heritage Landing closed and evacuated because of the Substation Fire.
For breaking news and information, follow the Facebook pages for Oregon State Parks, Oregon Department of Forestry, Keep Oregon Green, Oregon Department of Transportation, and Oregon Department of Emergency Management.
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