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Campfire restrictions in place at Oregon state parks

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State park campfire restrictions are in place in the Columbia Gorge, middle and southern portions of the Willamette Valley, on southern Oregon coastal beaches and a few locations east of the Cascades, according to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

The department released a list of restrictions for each area:  

Columbia Gorge
Where: Ainsworth, Viento, Memaloose, Deschutes River State Recreation Area and all day-use parks.
What: No campfires or charcoal briquettes. Gas stoves OK.? (Deschutes River allows briquettes in campground fire rings). 

Willamette Valley
Where: Detroit Lake, Mongold, Cascadia, Elijah Bristow, Lowell, Jasper, and all parks around Fall Creek Reservoir.
What: No campfires or charcoal briquettes. Gas stoves OK.

East of the Cascades
Where: Remote camping locations around Prineville Reservoir (developed campgrounds at Prineville State Park and Jasper Point not restricted).
What: No campfires or charcoal briquettes. Gas stoves OK.

Where: Cottonwood Canyon.
What: No campfires. Charcoal briquettes and gas stoves OK in campground, gas stoves only outside of campground.

Where: Succor Creek State Natural Area
What: No campfires or chacoal briquettes. (Aug. 12 update: expect drifting smoke from the Soda Fire.) 

Southern Oregon Coastal Beaches
Where: All beaches and state park day-use sites from Coos Bay south to the California border. Developed campgrounds not restricted.
What: No fires or charcoal briquettes. Gas stoves OK.

Even where fires are allowed, visitors are asked to exercise caution, build fires only in fire rings and don't leave any fires unattended. Fires should also not be built larger than necessary.

Always keep a bucket of water and shovel nearby, and douse thoroughly when finished.

Smoking is not permitted in state parks except in personal vehicles and designated campsites.

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