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OREGON WILDFIRES: Campfires, open flames ban continues this week

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The statewide state park ban on open flames will continue for another week, according to a release from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

While temperatures have moderated in some areas and a little rain has fallen, especially on the Willamette Valley and coast, conditions have not improved enough to warrant relaxing the restriction. Fire crews are still heavily engaged in combating blazes in Central and Eastern Oregon, and resources in many local communities are stretched thin.

Fires are not allowed on properties owned and managed by the department, including the ocean shores. The ban includes but is not limited to fire pits, tiki torches and candles.

Propane stoves for cooking and charcoal briquettes for cooking are not covered by the statewide ban, but some parks have more restrictive bans in place that do cover briquettes.

Before traveling, visitors should verify what’s allowed at their destination by calling the park, calling the state park toll-free information line at 800-551-6949 (Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.), or looking up the park online at http://oregonstateparks.org/

The restriction will be reviewed again next week.

Story from: The News Guard