SOUTHWEST OREGON, September 8, 2020 – The risk of human-caused wildfire has increased across southwestern Oregon, and as a result, the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is increasing the public use restrictions across the Forest. Restrictions are now at the Stage 3 level, further limiting the use of open flame on the RRSNF.
Effective September 9, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., the RRSNF is imposing public use restrictions that include limiting where open flames may occur, and areas where smoking or operating internal combustion engines is allowed. Please note: campfires are no longer allowed in designated fire rings.
The following are still allowed:
- The use of propane or liquid fuel-powered commercial stoves is permitted.
- Smoking is allowed only while in vehicles, in buildings, or aboard watercraft on waterways.
- Welding or operating any other torch with an open flame is not allowed on Forest lands while these restrictions are in effect.
Operating an internal combustion engine is only permitted in the following instances:
- While in a motor vehicle on developed, open Forest Roads or within designated parking areas.
- While aboard watercraft while moving or at rest on a waterway.
- Generators are permitted in designated recreation sites.
- While on the roads and trails included in the Prospect Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Trail/Road System.
These public use restrictions will be effective until November 30, 2020, unless sooner rescinded.
For more information and to see the full text of the Forest Order, including a list of designated recreation sites where campfires are permitted, visit the Alerts and Notices page on the RRSNF’s website.
The Lower Wild and Scenic Rogue River Corridor has specific campfire restrictions.
Current information on IFPL levels and fire are posted on the RRSNF’s homepage. The use of chainsaws for the collection of fuel wood (firewood) will be regulated by the Forest IFPL.
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