Officials with the Deschutes National Forest will continue to monitor conditions daily and will lift fire restrictions as soon as conditions allow. “We recognize that people are heading out to camp and hunt this time of year, and they expect to have campfires,” said Alex Robertson, Acting Fire Staff for the Forest Service and BLM in Central Oregon. “However, the Deschutes is still experiencing a high number of human-caused wildfires and we’re still seeing growth on these fires due to dry conditions. We appreciate everyone’s patience while we wait for enough moisture to limit the potential for a fire to start and spread.”
Fire officials with the Oregon Department of Forestry would like to remind the public that all fire restrictions will remain in place on private and non-federal lands in Central Oregon as well.
Restrictions do vary across the state, so people traveling to hunt or recreate in other parts of the state should remember to call before they travel to find out what restrictions are in place before having a campfire.