2020 Campfire Restrictions

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Jul 22, 2020

Campfire and open flame restrictions are in place at the parks and beaches listed below. If a park or campground is not listed, campfires are allowed. Conditions may change quickly — check back for updates.

Coast

South coast beaches: Beach fires are prohibited between Cape Arago (south of Coos Bay) and Floras Lake (north of Port Orford), in accordance with the Coos Forest Protection Association: coosfpa.net.

Beach fires are also prohibited between the Cape Sebastian State Scenic Corridor (south of Gold Beach) and Crissey Field (at the Oregon border), in accordance with the Coos Forest Protection Association: coosfpa.net.

Gorge

Deschutes River State Recreation Site: No fires or other devices that emit embers or sparks are permitted. Propane fire rings and charcoal briquettes are allowed, as long as they are ignited using lighter fluid and used inside of a designated fire ring. Propane camping stoves that are valve-operated are allowed.

Memaloose State Park: No fires or other devices that emit embers or sparks are permitted. This includes the use of charcoal. Propane camping stoves that are valve-operated are allowed on picnic tables. Propane fire pits with a quick shutoff valve are also allowed.  

Viento State Park: No fires or other devices that emit embers or sparks are permitted. This includes the use of charcoal. Propane camping stoves that are valve-operated are allowed on picnic tables. Propane fire pits with a quick shutoff valve are also allowed.

Central

Cottonwood Canyon State Park: No fires or other devices that emit embers or sparks are permitted. Propane fire rings and charcoal briquettes are allowed, as long as they are ignited using lighter fluid and used inside of a designated fire ring. 

Deschutes River State Recreation Area: No fires or other devices that emit embers or sparks are permitted. Propane fire rings and charcoal briquettes are allowed, as long as they are ignited using lighter fluid and used inside of a designated fire ring.

Prineville Reservoir State Park, backcountry areas: Along North Shore/Undeveloped Road and boat-in camping areas, no campfires, briquettes, or devices with an open flame (tiki torches, propane fire pits, etc). Campfires in campground fire pits are allowed, as are propane camping stoves that are valve-operated.

Eastern

Catherine Creek State Park: Effective August 2, no fires or other devices that emit embers or sparks are permitted. Charcoal briquettes are also prohibited. Propane fire rings, stoves and other cooking devices that are valve-operated are allowed.
 
Farewell Bend State Park: Effective July 24, no fires or other devices that emit embers or sparks are permitted. Charcoal briquettes are also prohibited. Propane fire rings, stoves and other cooking devices that are valve-operated are allowed.
 
Hilgard Junction State Park: Effective August 2, no fires or other devices that emit embers or sparks are permitted. Charcoal briquettes are also prohibited. Propane fire rings, stoves and other cooking devices that are valve-operated are allowed.
 
Lake Owyhee State Park: No fires or other devices that emit embers or sparks are permitted. Charcoal briquettes are also prohibited. Propane fire rings, stoves and other cooking devices that are valve-operated are allowed.
 
Minam State Recreation Area: Effective July 23, no fires or other devices that emit embers or sparks are permitted. Charcoal briquettes are also prohibited. Propane fire rings, stoves and other cooking devices that are valve-operated are allowed.
 
Red Bridge State Wayside: Effective August 2, no fires or other devices that emit embers or sparks are permitted. Charcoal briquettes are also prohibited. Propane fire rings, stoves and other cooking devices that are valve-operated are allowed.
 
Succor Creek State Natural Area: No fires or other devices that emit embers or sparks are permitted. Charcoal briquettes are also prohibited. Propane fire rings, stoves and other cooking devices that are valve-operated are allowed.
 
Wallowa Lake State Park: Effective August 3, No fires or other devices that emit embers or sparks are permitted. Charcoal briquettes are also prohibited. Propane fire rings, stoves and other cooking devices that are valve-operated are allowed.
 

Southern

Casey State Recreation Site: Effective July 31, campfires are prohibited. The ban includes wood, charcoal briquettes, candles, tiki torches, and other devices that emit flames or embers. Propane fire rings, stoves, and other cooking devices that use propane or liquid fuel are allowed in campsites and day-use areas where appropriate.

Golden State Heritage Site: Effective July 31, campfires are prohibited. The ban includes wood, charcoal briquettes, candles, tiki torches, and other devices that emit flames or embers. Propane fire rings, stoves, and other cooking devices that use propane or liquid fuel are allowed in campsites and day-use areas where appropriate.

Illinois River Forks State Park: Effective July 31, campfires are prohibited. The ban includes wood, charcoal briquettes, candles, tiki torches, and other devices that emit flames or embers. Propane fire rings, stoves, and other cooking devices that use propane or liquid fuel are allowed in campsites and day-use areas where appropriate.

Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area: Effective July 31, campfires are prohibited. The ban includes wood, charcoal briquettes, candles, tiki torches, and other devices that emit flames or embers. Propane fire rings, stoves, and other cooking devices that use propane or liquid fuel are allowed in campsites and day-use areas where appropriate.

Prospect State Scenic Viewpoint: Effective July 31, campfires are prohibited. The band includes wood, charcoal briquettes, candles, tiki torches, and other devices that emit flames or embers. Propane fire rings, stoves, and other cooking devices that use propane or liquid fuel are allowed in campsites and day-use areas where appropriate.

TouVelle State Recreation Site: Effective July 31, campfires are prohibited. The band includes wood, charcoal briquettes, candles, tiki torches, and other devices that emit flames or embers. propane fire rings, stoves, and other cooking devices that use propane or liquid fuel are allowed in campsites and day-use areas where appropriate.

Valley of the Rogue State Park: Effective July 31, campfires are prohibited. The ban includes wood, charcoal briquettes, candles, tiki torches, and other devices that emit flames or embers. Propane fire rings, stoves, and other cooking devices that use propane or liquid fuel are allowed in campsites and day-use areas where appropriate.

Wolf Creek Inn State Heritage Site: Effective July 31, campfires are prohibited. The ban includes wood, charcoal briquettes, candles, tiki torches, and other devices that emit flames or embers. Propane fire rings, stoves, and other cooking devices that use propane or liquid fuel are allowed in campsites and day-use areas where appropriate.

Campfire safety

Where campfires are allowed, follow these tips:

  • Keep your campfire small, or roughly two feet high. This helps prevent ash or embers from becoming airborne, especially during the dry summer months. If you see the wind stirring up embers from your fire, play it safe and extinguish it.
  • Use existing fire rings. Fire ring locations are carefully considered and park rangers clear vegetation around rings to create a safe buffer zone. 
  • Burn wood only, and stick to local wood to prevent introducing non-native insects. Burning other materials may cause toxic smoke and ash. Best to throw garbage in the trash.
  • Always have water and a shovel nearby. To put out your fire, drown the flames with water and stir the embers to make sure everything is wet. The stirring step is important: ash and wood debris often maintain heat and embers unless they are drowned out.
  • Beach campfires should be started on open sand, away from driftwood or vegetation. Use water to extinguish your beach fire, not sand. Covering the fire with sand will insulate the coals, keeping them hot enough to burn someone hours or even days later.
  • For propane fire rings, follow the same safety precautions you would with a log-based campfire. Propane fire rings should be placed in, on or directly next to installed park fire rings.
  • Make sure everyone in your campsite, even children, is familiar with campfire safety. Always keep an eye on your campfire; many accidental fires are started because campers left their fire unattended for “just a minute.”

Resources

Smoke conditions: Visit AirNow for current and forecasted air quality.

Tips for preventing human-caused wildfires: Keep Oregon Green.

For breaking news and information, follow the Facebook pages for Oregon State ParksOregon Department of Forestry, Oregon Department of Transportation, and Oregon Department of Emergency Management.

 

Some parks are open for day-use and camping, with reduced services. Check the Park Status Map and FAQ for details. Campfire restrictions may be in place.