ROSEBURG, OR – July 9, 2015 – The continued hot, dry weather is causing Forest Service officials to tighten public use restrictions, and now includes all Wilderness along the crest of the Cascade Mountains, effective at 12:01 a.m. on July 10. On the Umpqua National Forest, this means no campfires in the Mt. Thielsen, Rogue-Umpqua Divide and Boulder Creek wildernesses.
In addition to restricting campfires in Wilderness, the following public use restrictions apply to the entire Umpqua National Forest beginning July 10, 2015 and ending October 9, 2015, unless sooner rescinded:
1. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or stove fire, except in designated recreation sites, within approved fire rings, fireplaces or stoves. Commercially produced pressurized liquid or gas stoves are permitted.
2. Using charcoal briquette stoves are prohibited except in designated recreation sites.
3. Welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame.
4. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
5. Operating an internal combustion engine other than a motor vehicle, motors on watercraft, aircraft and the use of generators except in designated recreation sites.
“Current fuel levels are extremely receptive to ignition sources. We can use everyone’s help in not starting human-caused fires,” said Allen Hubbs, Deputy Fire Staff for the Umpqua National Forest. “We carefully considered the current fire situation, fuel moisture and predicted weather before making the decision to go with these fire restrictions.”
Hubbs also reminds people that using explosive target material, such as Tannerite, explosives and fireworks continues to be prohibited on all federal lands.
For more information, including a list of the designated recreation sites where campfires are permitted, visit www.fs.usda.gov/umpqua or call 541-957-3200.