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Campfires banned in Linn County, Willamette National Forest

Due to fire danger from extreme weather, public safety concerns and limited firefighting resources across the Western United States, effective Friday, Aug. 11, campfires are prohibited in all park or recreation facilities operated by the Linn County Parks & Recreation Department until further notice. 

The ban includes designated campfire areas, barbeque grills, charcoal fires, cooking fires, warming fires, charcoal briquettes, pellet grills, candles, tiki torches and other devices that emit flames or embers.

Portable cooking stoves, propane lanterns, barbeques and fire-rings using liquefied or bottle fuels are allowed. 

The ban covers all Linn County managed parks and recreation facilities and includes prohibitions on fires in designated fire rings. 

The public can also anticipate restrictions in other areas based on fire danger.

Additional fire restrictions in effect on the Willamette National Forest began Aug. 8. Fire danger is currently ‘very high’ and Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) remains as IFPL III.

All campfires, charcoal or briquette fires, pellet fires, or any other open fires are prohibited under a forest order, including in campgrounds and wilderness areas. 

Portable cooking stoves and lanterns using liquefied or bottled fuel are still allowed as they can be instantly switched off.

Smoking is not allowed except within an enclosed vehicle or building or a developed recreation site. 

Additionally, welding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame is not allowed. 

Generators are permitted only in areas devoid of vegetation, such as a paved area or developed campsite. 

Motorized vehicles may operate only on designated trails and roads.

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