Corvallis, August 10— With fire danger continuing to increase, Siuslaw National Forest officials are enacting a ban on all campfires across the national forest, including in all campgrounds and sand camps, as of Friday, Aug. 13, 2021. This ban serves to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfires, which are the vast majority of fires in the Coast Range and coast, at a time when natural fuels are very dry and resources to fight new fires are stretched thin.
“It has been an extremely dry and busy fire year already in Oregon,” said Kevin Larkin, acting forest supervisor. “With so many fires burning in other parts of the region, resources to quickly address new fires are becoming difficult to find. With fire danger across the Siuslaw right now starting to look like it did last Labor Day, when the catastrophic Echo Mountain fire took off in Lincoln County, we’re asking for everyone’s help to prevent new fires from getting started.”
Lanterns and cooking stoves that use liquid or bottled gas fuel can still be used during the campfire ban; open flames with no on/off switch, such as tiki torches and candles, are not permitted while the ban is in effect. Other restrictions, listed below and put into place last month, are intended to prevent accidental fires; these restrictions continue to be in place along with the new campfire ban.
- No building, maintaining, attending, or using a campfire.
- No smoking in the vicinity of flammable material, except within an enclosed vehicle or a developed recreation site.
- No generator use, except in areas devoid of vegetation.
- 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 in designated motorized areas.
As always, 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. Fire information is available on our website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/siuslaw/fire.