Forest officials are enacting temporary fire restrictions within the forest, effective today, Friday, July 20. The restrictions prohibit fires outside of campfire rings in developed campgrounds and picnic areas. Liquid gas stoves and lanterns can still be used during the restrictions.
“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, maintaining, attending, or using a campfire outside of designated campgrounds. Campfires in open sand when dispersed sand camping in the Oregon Dunes and Sand Lake Recreation Areas are allowed. For a list of where campfires are allowed see Appendix A.
· No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or a developed recreation site.
· No generator use unless in an area devoid of vegetation, such as a developed campsite, or in enclosed buildings.
· Motorized vehicles may operate only on designated trails and roads. The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and Sand Lake Recreation Area remain open to motor vehicle use.
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
· Keep campfires small and in an area cleared down to mineral soil
· Only burn materials that fit within the campfire ring
· Watch out for overhanging vegetation or limbs
· Extinguish all campfires before leaving – even if gone for a short period of time
Of the 62 large, active fires burning in the United States, 10 are burning in Oregon. Oregon Parks and Recreation is also enforcing a campfire ban as of July 19, 2018.
Additional fire information is available on our website at www.fs.usda.gov/siuslaw, www.twitter.com/SiuslawNF and www.facebook.com/SiuslawNF.
The Pacific Northwest Region (Region 6) of the US Forest Service contains 17 National Forests, two National Scenic Areas, a National Grassland, and two National Volcanic Monuments, all within the States of Oregon and Washington. These national forests provide timber for people, forage for cattle and wildlife, habitat for fish, plants, and animals, and some of the finest recreation lands in the country.
Siuslaw National Forest
Campfires are allowed, as of July 20, in pre-installed fire enclosures in the following designated areas only:
Hebo Ranger District
Castle Rock Group Site
East Dunes Campground
Fisherman’s Day Use Area
Derrick Road Dispersed Camping Area
Hebo Lake Campground
Rocky Bend Group Site
West Winds Campground
Central Coast Ranger District
Alder Dune Campground
Baker Beach Campground
Canal Creek Campground
Cape Perpetua Campground
Dry Lake Horse Camp
Horse Creek Campground
Marys Peak Campground
North Fork Siuslaw Campground
Rock Creek Campground
Tillicum Beach Campground
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
Carter Lake Campground
Driftwood II Campground
Eel Creek Campground
Horsfall Beach Campground
Spinreel Campground/Day Use
Tahkenitch Landing Campground
Wild Mare Campground/Day Use