Umpqua National Forest Enters Extreme Fire Danger -- Public Use Restrictions Continue for Campfires, Smoking, Chainsaws, Internal Combustion Engines, and Generators

Release Date: Aug 4, 2017   Roseburg, Oregon

Contact: Cheryl Caplan, (541) 957-3270

The U.S. Forest Service bumped its fire danger level in the Umpqua National Forest on Friday from “high” to “extreme,” after fire managers found trees, shrubs and brush had become even drier.

Fires under extreme conditions start quickly, spread furiously, and burn intensely. Public Use Restrictions remain in place on the Umpqua National Forest.

Under public-use restrictions, open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except within concrete or metal fire rings or fireplaces constructed by the Forest Service in designated recreation sites (list attached). Attend campfires at all times and completely extinguished prior to leaving. Commercial stoves using liquid fuel or propane are allowed. Using charcoal briquette stoves or grills is prohibited.

Smoking is only allowed within a building, an enclosed vehicle, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material. Smoking is also permitted while aboard a watercraft while navigating or at rest on a waterway.

Operating an internal combustion engine, such as chainsaws and generators, is also restricted. Generators with approved spark arrestors may be used in designated recreation sites (list attached). Motor vehicles are permitted on roads, trails or ATV area identified in the Motor Vehicle Use Map for the Umpqua National Forest. Motors on watercraft are permitted while navigating or at rest on a waterway.

Welding or operating acetylene or other torches with open flame is restricted. The use of exploding targets is always prohibited on federal lands.

The Umpqua National Forest remains in Industrial Fire Precaution Level III where all firewood cutting is prohibited.

For more information, including a list of the designated recreation sites where campfires are permitted, visit www.fs.usda.gov/umpqua  or call the Fire Information Line at (541) 957-3450.

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UMPQUA NATIONAL FOREST

Forest Order No. 06-15-00-17-367

As of 8/3/2017, campfires are permitted only at the following sites:

NORTH UMPQUA RANGER DISTRICT

  • Apple Creek Campground
  • Bogus Creek Campground
  • Boulder Flat Campground
  • Canton Creek Campground
  • Coolwater Campground
  • Eagle Rock Campground
  • Hemlock Lake Campground
  • Hemlock Meadows Campground
  • Horseshoe Bend Campground
  • Island Campground
  • Lake in the Woods Campground
  • Steamboat Ballfield and Pavilion
  • Steamboat Falls Campground
  • White Creek Campground
  • Wolf Creek Campground

DIAMOND LAKE RANGER DISTRICT

  • Broken Arrow Campground
  • Bunker Hill Campground
  • Clearwater Falls Campground
  • Diamond Lake Campground
  • Diamond Lake Resort
  • Diamond Lake RV Park
  • East Lemolo Campground
  • Inlet Campground
  • Kelsay Valley Horse Campground
  • Lemolo Lake Resort
  • Lemolo RV Park
  • Poole Creek Campground
  • South Shore Picnic Area
  • Thielsen View Campground
  • Toketee Campground
  • Whitehorse Falls Campground

TILLER RANGER DISTRICT

  • Ash Flat Campground
  • Black Canyon Industrial Camp
  • Boulder Creek Campground
  • Buckhead Mountain Camp
  • Butler Butte Guard Station
  • Camp Comfort Campground
  • Cover Campground
  • Devil’s Flat Campground
  • Dumont Creek Campground
  • Falcon Creek Industrial Camp
  • Pickett Butte Lookout
  • Skillet Creek Industrial Camp
  • Skookum Pond
  • South Umpqua Falls Picnic Area
  • South Umpqua Falls Campground
  • Three C Rock Campground
  • Three C Rock Picnic Area
  • Threehorn Campground
  • Whisky Camp Guard Station

COTTAGE GROVE RANGER DISTRICT

  • Cedar Creek Campground
  • Hobo Camp
  • Lund Park
  • Mineral Campground
  • Musick Guard Station
  • Rujada Campground