Campfire Restrictions Enacted as Siuslaw National Forest Fire Danger Elevated to ‘High’.
Corvallis, OR – Fire officials have elevated the risk of wildfires on the Siuslaw National Forest from “moderate” to “high.” Forest officials also are enacting restrictions on fire use within the forest, which will go into effect Saturday, June 27.
For public safety and to protect forest health, temporary fire restrictions are necessary,” said Dan Eddy, fire management officer for the Siuslaw National Forest.
* No building, maintain, attending or using a campfire, fire or stove fire when not in a pre-installed fire enclosure (i.e., campfire ring) at a maintained Forest Service site
* No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while in an area with a 3-square-foot minimum of ground devoid of flammable materials.
The restrictions, in essence, restrict the use of fires only to campfire rings in campgrounds and picnic areas, as well as on the open sand when disperse camping in the Oregon Dunes and Sand Lake Recreation Areas. Liquid gas stoves and lanterns, such as Coleman, still can be used during the restrictions.
* Fireworks are prohibited everywhere on the forest. The penalty for possessing fireworks can be as high as $5,000, imprisonment for up to six months, or both.
* If using a campfire in a campground, visitors are reminded to:
1. Keep campfires small and in an area cleared down to mineral soil
2. Only burn materials that fit within the campfire ring
3. Watch out for overhanging vegetation or limbs
4. Extinguish all campfires before leaving – even if gone for a short period of time
To report the illegal use of fireworks or unsafe fire use, visitors are asked to contact the Coastal Valley Inter-agency Dispatch Center at 541-750-7024 or call 911.
Additional campfire and wildfire safety information can be found at www.smokeybear.com.