Campfire ban lifted in state parks along Oregon Coast; ban remains in place on beaches

Sunset on Cannon Beach as coastal visitors enjoy campfires in the sand - Photo by Tristan Fortsch

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has lifted the ban on campfires and open flames in parks along the Oregon Coast, effective Wednesday.

The state banned campfires on all state parks lands last Thursday in response to the governor declaring a fire emergency as the Substation Fire swept through northern Oregon and dozens of fires burned out of control in southwest Oregon.

The ban remains in place, however, for ocean beaches and all other state park properties, state parks said in a statement.

"It applies to wood, charcoal and other sources that cannot be turned off with a valve," the state said. "The ban includes campgrounds and day-use areas."

The campfire ban is expected to last at least another week, the state said.

The ban will "be evaluated based on weather, resource conditions and input from Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and other state and local fire officials."

State park visitors can find the latest information on fire restrictions online or by calling the state parks info line at 800-551-6949.

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