Restrictions in use of Campfires, Chainsaws, Off Highway Vehicles Effective Saturday, August 5 at 12:01am

Release Date: Aug 3, 2017  

RELATED NEWS: Fire Restrictions to be Implemented Saturday on Deschutes, Willamette and Ochoco Wilderness Areas

The woods are drying out quickly on the Willamette National Forest causing Fire Managers to ban most campfires, firewood cutting, use of chainsaws in campgrounds and smoking outside of vehicles. This includes a ban on the use of charcoal briquettes. Off Highway Vehicles must operate only on designated trails and roads.

Campfires are allowed in metal fire rings in the campgrounds listed below. Camp stoves that run on propane or liquid fuels are acceptable; these are informally known as ‘fires you can turn off.’

Hot and dry conditions are expected to continue in the Cascades keeping fire suppression resources responding to an increasing number of wildfires. Please help protect these beautiful forests by following these restrictions and if you see others who may be unaware of the restrictions, share this information.

“I have included the current fire situation, fuel moisture and predicted weather before I made this decision” stated Forest Supervisor Tracy Beck, “we never place restrictions without careful consideration. Every year lightning-caused fires place heavy demand on firefighters, and put our forests, our firefighters, and our communities at risk. Fires caused through carelessness or negligence increase the threat to life and livelihood. Every fire that’s prevented protects our communities and helps our firefighters remain available, rested, and safe. Thanks for doing your part to help.”

Updates on the current status of the Whitewater Fire in the Mt Jefferson Wilderness (Marion County) are available on InciWeb at or

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A infographic illustrating Restrictions in use of Campfires

Fires are allowed in campfire rings at these locations:

Detroit Ranger District
Sweet Home Ranger District
McKenzie River Ranger District
Middle Fork Ranger District

Detroit Ranger District

  • Big Meadows Campground
  • Breitenbush Campground
  • Cleator Bend Campground
  • Cove Creek Campground
  • Detroit Lake State Park
  • Fox Creek Group Site
  • Hoover Campground
  • Humbug Campground
  • Marion Forks Campground – Upper Loop Only
  • Mongold State Park
  • Riverside Campground
  • Santiam Flats Campground
  • Shady Cove Campground
  • South Shore Campground
  • Whispering Falls Campground

Sweet Home Ranger District

  • Fernview Campground
  • House Rock Campground
  • Long Bow Group Campground
  • Lost Prairie Campground
  • Trout Creek Campground
  • Yukwah Campground

McKenzie River Ranger District

  • Alder Springs Campground
  • Box Canyon Guard Station
  • Box Canyon Horse Camp
  • Cold Water Cove Campground
  • Cougar Crossing Campground
  • Delta Campground
  • French Pete Campground
  • Frissell Crossing
  • Hard Rock Campground
  • Homestead Campground
  • Horse Creek Campground
  • Ice Cap Campground
  • Limberlost Campground
  • Lookout Campground
  • McKenzie Bridge Campground
  • Lost Lake Campground
  • Mona Campground
  • Olallie Campground
  • Paradise Campground
  • Red Diamond Campground
  • Roaring River Campground
  • Slide Creek Campground
  • Sunnyside Campground
  • Trailbridge Campground

Middle Fork Ranger District

  • Bedrock Campground
  • Big Pool Campground
  • Black Canyon Campground
  • Blair Lake Campground
  • Blue Pool Campground
  • Broken Bowl Campground
  • Camper’s Flat Campground
  • Clark Creek Organizational Camp
  • Dolly Varden Campground
  • Gold Lake Campground
  • Hampton Campground
  • Indigo Springs Campground
  • Islet Campground
  • Kiahanie Campground
  • North Waldo Campground
  • Packard Creek Campground
  • Puma Campground
  • Salmon Creek Campground
  • Sand Prairie Campground
  • Sacandaga Campground
  • Secret Campground
  • Shadow Bay Campground
  • Timpanogas Campground
  • Winberry Campground

Forest Order 6-18-00-17-14 Public Use Fire Restrictions