Gifford Pinchot National Forest Lifts Public Use Restrictions

Vancouver, WA –The ban on campfires outside of developed recreation sites on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest is now lifted.  Recent cooler weather conditions in conjunction with normal seasonal changes have reduced fire danger in the area.  Starting September 8, campfires are permitted unless otherwise posted.  Additionally, designated trails are now open to motorized vehicles.  For a description of Gifford Pinchot National Forest’s trail riding opportunities visit:

Forest visitors are advised to build campfires in established fire pits, remove flammable materials from around the pit, construct campfires away from overhanging vegetation, and keep campfires small.  Most importantly, make sure that all campfires are completely extinguished and cold to the touch before leaving a campsite.

While public restrictions on chain saws and generators have been lifted, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest is still operating at Industrial Fire Precaution Level 2, which limits some commercial timber and construction activities in the forest.

The Cougar Creek Fire is now 97% contained and has allowed the forest to dramatically reduce the size of the closure area affecting Mount Adams Ranger District.  The Pacific Crest Trail, Mount Adams climbing routes, and most of the Mount Adams Wilderness is now open.  There are a few recreation sites still closed on the south side of the mountain so visitors are advised to check the map and text of the new Closure Order:

The Alder Lake Fire is still active on the northwest portion of the forest near Elbe, WA.  Fire information, updates, and a map of the closure are at:

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