Oregon State Parks bans all campfires, fires on beaches

Posted by The Oregon Coast / August 19, 2015

Fires are prohibited in Oregon’s state parks, effective Thursday, Aug. 19, except for stoves used for cooking.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department announced that it was prohibiting all campfires in Oregon state parks and other properties owned and managed by the department beginning Thursday at 10 a.m.

The ban includes but is not limited to constructed steel fire pits, tiki torches and candles. The ban also extends to fires on ocean beaches.

“Our goal is to avoid any accidental fires on our property that would further tax limited firefighting resources,” said MG Devereux, the department’s deputy director, in a statement released by the staff. “Most communities have sent local firefighters and equipment to help with wildfires throughout the state. An unintentional fire in a state park would add an unnecessary burden to firefighting efforts.”

The state park ban doesn’t apply to propane stoves and/or charcoal briquettes for cooking, but there may be local fire restrictions that do limit those kinds of fires, so check locally.

Visitors planning a trip should check with park staff for the most current information, or call the state park information line at 800-551-6949, or visiting oregonstateparks.org.

This ban will remain in effect for at least one week and will be re-evaluated based on fire status, weather and guidance from state and local fire officials.

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Story by Terry Richard for The Oregonian/OregonLive

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