All campfires and open flames are now banned at Oregon’s state parks, including those at the coast.
The ban took effect at 10 a.m. Thursday in response to Oregon Gov. Kate 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,” said a news release from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
The fire ban applies to wood, charcoal, and other flame sources that cannot be turned off with a valve, the release said.
Liquid fuel stoves or cooking devices that can be turned off with a valve are permitted, but cannot be left unattended.
The ban is meant to avoid any accidental fires on parks property that would further tax limited firefighting resources, officials said.
“We understand this is an inconvenience for campers, especially those who might not see the immediate need for local fire restrictions,” said MG Devereux, parks department deputy director. “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 and other state and local fire officials.