Due to unusually dry conditions in the forest, combined with several large active blazes, the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and Vale District of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management will ban campfires outside developed recreation sites starting at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.
The ban also affects lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry in Northeastern Oregon.
The restrictions do not apply to chain saws or generators. Firewood cutting is still allowed.
John Schuyler, the Wallowa-Whitman's deputy forest supervisor, said driving motor vehicles off developed roads, and smoking outside vehicles and buildings, all will be prohibited.
andquot;With the abundance of wildfires in Oregon, available firefighting resources are spread thin,andquot; said Matt Reidy, fire management officer for the Wallowa-Whitman.
andquot;Long-range weather predictions indicate a continuation of hot, dry weather conditions and potential for other large wildfires.andquot;
Liquefied and bottle gas stoves and heaters may be used for cooking and heating while the fire restrictions are in effect.
The only exception to the motor vehicle restriction is that vehicles may travel off designated roads for the purpose of reaching a campsite located within 300 feet of the adjacent open road.
Smoking is only allowed outside a vehicle or building if the smoker is in an area cleared of flammable material for at least three feet around.
More information on the restrictions is available by calling the Wallowa-Whitman at 523-6391, the Oregon Department of Forestry at 541/963-3168, or the Northeast Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center at 541/963-7171.
Following is a list of local recreation sites where campfires are allowed:
Anthony Lakes Ski Area
Deer Creek Campground
Grande Ronde Lake Campground
Marble Creek Picnic Site
Mason Dam Picnic Site
McCully Forks Campground
Millers Lane Campground
Mowich Loop Picnic Site
Mud Lake Campground
Southwest Shore Campground
Union Creek Campground
Birdtrack Springs Campground
Boulder Park Campground
Moss Springs Campground andamp; G. Station
North Fork Catherine Ck. Campground
North Fork Catherine Ck. Picnic Area
Spool Cart Campground
Spring Creek Campground
Two Color Campground andamp; Guard Station
West Eagle Meadow Campground
Antlers Guard Station
Elk Creek Campground
Long Creek Campground
Mammoth Springs Campground
South Fork Campground
Steven's Creek Campground
Yellow Pine Campground
Duck Lake Campground
Eagle Forks Campground
Fish Lake Campground
Halfway Picnic Site
Lake Fork Campground
Twin Lakes Campground