Ochoco National Forest: Barnhouse, Cottonwood Pit, Salter’s Cabin, Sugar Creek, Wolf Creek, Antelope Reservoir, Wildcat, Walton Lake, Deep Creek, Ochoco Forest Camp, and Ochoco Divide.
Prineville BLM: Castle Rock, Still Water, Lone Pine, Palisades, Chimney Rock, Cobble Rock, Post Pile, and Poison Butte.
In addition to campfire restrictions, smoking is restricted to an enclosed vehicle or building, in boats on lakes and rivers, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is clear of all flammable material.
Portable cooking stoves or lanterns using liquefied or bottled fuel may be used in all areas.
The Mayfield Pond Fire was started Sunday afternoon by the use of Tannerite on BLM lands near along Alfalfa Market Road. Officials want to remind the public that using explosive material, such as Tannerite, and explosive targets for recreational shooting is prohibited during the entire fire season on Prineville District BLM lands. The use of exploding targets, Tannerite and other responsive targets is also prohibited on the Ochoco National Forest and Crooked River National Grassland for the duration of these fire restrictions. In all cases, when legally allowed, recreational shooters should bring their own targets, avoid damaging public resources and vegetation, and remove all target and shooting debris when they leave.
The Evans Well fire was another human-caused fire that started this past weekend; igniting when a vehicle parked over dry vegetation. Although no roads are closed with these fire use restrictions (all current travel management regulations for the BLM and Forest Service remain in place), officials also want to remind people about the danger of driving or parking on vegetation. In light brush and grass, the hot undercarriage of a vehicle can quickly ignite a wildfire, threatening the safety of the driver and any passengers, as well as damaging or destroying the vehicle itself.
Public use restrictions are not put in place to ruin camping experiences. Officials carefully consider the current fire situation, fuel moisture and predicted weather before making the decision to implement fire restrictions. Every year lightning-caused fires already place a heavy demand on our firefighting resources, and put our wildlands, our firefighters, and our communities at risk. Fires caused through carelessness or negligence only increase the threat to life and livelihood, and place an even greater burden on already busy firefighters. Every fire that’s prevented protects our communities and helps our firefighters remain available, rested, and safe.