As the weather continues to trend towards warming and drying, the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and Oregon Department of Forestry are increasing campfire restrictions on those lands located within the boundaries of the Wild section of the Rogue National Wild and Scenic River. The Wild section flows from Grave Creek to the mouth of Watson Creek.
Effective 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, July 28, building, maintaining, attending, or use of a fire is only permitted with the use of commercial stoves that use liquid fuel or propane. No campfires or charcoal fires are allowed. Cooking areas need to be naturally cleared of vegetation, and must be below the high water mark. As a preventative measure, groups traveling on the river must have a shovel and bucket.
Additionally, smoking is only permitted while on watercraft on waterways, or in areas that are on vegetation-free sand and gravel bars located between the river and high water mark.
The stretch of the river between Grave Creek and Marial is Bureau of Land Management-administered and protected from fire by the Oregon Department of Forestry. From Marial and downriver to the mouth of Watson Creek is managed by the Forest Service.
For more information and to see the full text of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest order, including a list of designated recreation sites where campfires are permitted, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices.
For information about the Wild & Scenic Section of the Rogue River between Grave Creek and Marial, contact the Oregon Department of Forestry at (541) 664-3328.