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Cooler, wetter weather eases campfire restrictions

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With the drop in temperatures and return of rain, many of the fire bans declared by agencies and local cities are beginning to be eased, if not lifted.

The Bureau of Land Management’s Salem District lifted a campfire ban on locations using “established metal fire rings” on Tuesday. This will allow campers at such facilities as Alsea Falls Campground, Elkhorn Valley Recreation Site and Molalla River Recreation Sites to have campfires.

The Forrest Service is lifting the campfire bans for designated campgrounds at the Willamette National Forest, with Fire Management Officer Sean Stafford noting the Forrest Service was glad to lift the ban ahead of Labor Day but warned visitors to still be careful and fully extinguish any fire before they leave their campsite.

Also on Tuesday, Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli lifted the recreational burning ban in the city, allowing residents to have recreational fires, campfires and fires in fire bowls or outdoor chimneys. Residents are still prohibited from burning trash or brush in the city limits.

The city of Newberg lifted a similar ban Friday, but noted the lift only applied to areas inside the city and covered by the Newberg Rural Fire Protection District. The bans are still in place in areas controlled by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

The Camas-Washougal Fire Department has removed the recreational burn ban due to the changing conditions in the weather.

In Oregon state parks, the ban will continue for another week. a release issued Tuesday afternoon stated. Propane stoves and grills using charcoal briquettes are not covered explicitly by the ban, though some parks have tighter regulations. Residents heading to an Oregon state park should visit OregonStateParks.org to find specific ban information.

For the latest listings of fire restrictions, visit the ODF Fire Restrictions map at Oregon.gov/ODF.

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