Campfire ban in effect across Willamette National Forest
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - New fire restrictions and closures have been issued throughout the Willamette National Forest.
A campfire ban will go into effect across the Willamette National Forest on Saturday, August 12, due to increased fire danger.
This temporary ban prohibits all campfires, even those developed in sites and in campfire rings.
There are currently two large wildfires in the Willamette National Forest, with the Whitewater Fire and the Rebel Fire causing closures to some campgrounds in the area.
"With current extreme fire conditions, a small spark can quickly become a large wildfire," said Holly Jewkes, Deputy Forest Supervisor for the Willamette National Forest. "We do not make this decision lightly, but we're doing all we can to protect public and firefighter safety."
Fire Crews are responding to multiple new lightning fires around the area.
Fires range in size from less than an acre up to approximately 20 acres. The new lightning-ignited fires are scattered across the higher elevation portions of the forest.
The use of chainsaws and generators is banned, and smoking is also prohibited outside of vehicles, trailers or developed recreation sites.
Campers can still cook with portable cooking stoves that use pressurized, liquid gas.