Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Fire Prevention Restrictions Increase on Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

Due to heightened fire danger, additional public use restrictions have been implemented across the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, leaving a limited number of sites where campfires will be allowed. Information on campgrounds where fires are allowed may be obtained by contacting your local Ranger District office or the Forest website.

The following restrictions now apply to all Ranger Districts on the Forest:
  • Building, maintaining, attending or using campfires or stove fires are allowed only in constructed concrete or metal fire rings, or fireplaces in designated recreation sites.
  • Portable cooking stoves utilizing liquefied or bottled fuel sources continue to be allowed, so are self-contained stoves.
  • Smoking is only allowed in an enclosed vehicle, building, developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is void of all flammable material, including vegetation, or while aboard a watercraft while navigating or at rest on a waterway. Internal combustion engines may only be operated on motor vehicles on Forest Service.
  • Roads clear of vegetation or within designated parking areas, watercraft while navigating or at rest on a waterway and generators in designated recreation sites. The Prospect Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Trail/Road System remains open for OHV use.
  • No welding equipment may be used, including acetylene or open flame torches.
The Industrial Fire Precaution Level on all Ranger Districts remains at Level III - personal and commercial woodcutters are prohibited from operating power saws.

Members of the public are cautioned that failure to comply with these restrictions may result in criminal and/or civil penalties.

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