As Oregon copes with drought conditions and limited wildfire resources, a ban goes into effect Thursday, July 22 on campfires in all state parks and forest lands east of I-5 from California to Washington.
Types of fire covered by the ban are wood fires, campfires, charcoal fires, tiki torches, pellet-fired grills. Anything that has an open flame or creates embers and cannot be immediately extinguished.
Propane stoves and lanterns are still allowed, but this may change.
Oregon Parks and Recreation Spokesperson Chris Havel encourages people to plan ahead by packing food that doesn’t need to be cooked and having warm gear to stay comfortable without a fire.
“You know, maybe a little discomfort or giving up a marshmallow in order to save a town,” said Havel. “That’s a pretty easy choice.”
According to Havel, the ban on campfires has happened every year for the last five years. But this year, it’s happening about a month earlier than usual.
“Be as careful out there as you are in your own backyard,” Havel said.