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A ban on campfires and open flames was announced by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Thursday. This just a day after Governor Kate Brown declared a statewide wildfire emergency.

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More than 100 firefighters are working on the Silver Creek fire east of Salem in Silver Falls State Park. The fire, reported on July 12th, forced the evacuation of a YMCA youth camp on Friday, and has closed some backcounty trails. The fire is currently estimated at 27 acres and continues to burn in in remote, steep, timbered terrain in the Howard Creek drainage.

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Firefighters are working on a fire east of Salem in Silver Falls State Park that forced the evacuation of a YMCA youth camp and has closed some backcounty trails. The fire is currently estimated at 10 acres and is burning in remote, steep, timbered terrain.

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Gray whales are making their way north along the Oregon Coast. The State Parks and Recreation Department says it’s the perfect time to spot them. KLCC’s Deonna Anderson reports.

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The last week of December finds many people and families on break, contending with cabin fever. 

Oregon Parks and Recreation officials say it’s high time to go to the coast and watch the annual gray whale migration. 

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The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has released plans for its newest state park, just south of Tillamook.

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Numbered signs along the Oregon coast help visitors identify their location in an emergency.  The large, bright, yellow signs are visible from the beach, air and offshore.

Tourists on the coast sometimes find it hard to describe exactly where they are, especially while walking on the beach. Captain Jim Kusz with North Lincoln Fire and Rescue says the project has been underway for some time. He says the signs were first installed along the central coast.

Whale Cove Becomes Protected Wildlife Refuge

Jan 22, 2015
Oregon Department of Transportation

Whale Cove on the central coast is now a protected part of the Oregon Island National Wildlife Refuge. A deal between the property owners and government and non-profit organizations was reached to safeguard marine life and its ecology.

Before Whale Cove was protected, several proposals were made to develop the land. Bryce and Beebe Buchanan purchased the property hoping to conserve it. They sold it for nearly half its value so federal funding and grants could be used for the deal.

Oregon Beaches May Soon Be Smoke Free

Jul 25, 2014
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Oregon Beaches may soon be smoke free. The Parks and Recreation Department is seeking public input on proposed rules that would restrict smoking on shorelines.

Smoking is already restricted in all Oregon State Parks. You can smoke in your campsite or vehicle, but that's about it. Parks and Recreation Spokesman Chris Havel says people were inquiring about restricting cigarette use on beaches during the last public comment period about smoking on State Parks. He says if you restrict smoking in a park, people on the coast can just walk down to the beach.

The federal Land and Water Conservation Fund has been distributing money to the states for 50 years. Last week, Governor Kitzhaber announced Oregon's 2014 allocation.

Oregon will receive over 650 thousand dollars this year, to be used to acquire land and develop outdoor recreation areas. The amount is on par with funding over the past few years. Chris Havel is with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. He says the Land and Water Conservation Fund has been remarkably long-lived, supporting thousands of projects over the years.

Spring Can Be Dangerous On The Coast

Mar 17, 2014
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The arrival of warmer temperatures means more people headed to Oregon's beaches. But, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department says March can be a dangerous month for the coast. Parks and Rec Safety Coordinator Robert Smith says driftwood or other logs on the beach can be dislodged quickly with just a few inches of water. He adds sneaker waves can come out of nowhere and are deadly.