Fire Management

Help Prevent Wildfires by Following Fire Restrictions

06/30/2021: All campfires, charcoal or briquette fires, pellet fires, or any other open fires are prohibited within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area under a Forest Order, including in developed campgrounds. Portable cooking stoves, lanterns, and heating devices using liquefied or bottled fuel, such as propane, are still allowed as they can be instantly switched off. Additionally, target shooting is temporarily prohibited because of the risk of wildfire. Restrictions begin July 1, 2021. News release

NEVER bring fireworks or other explosive devices, including sparklers, onto federal lands. These are prohibited by law! 

Please note separate restrictions may apply at Oregon and Washington state parks or on private lands. Always look for signs and kiosks on site to understand if additional restrictions apply.

The Columbia River Gorge is a major wildland-urban interface, so National Scenic Area does not set Industrial Fire Precaution Levels (IFPLs) the same way that National Forests do. Follow these state fire danger levels and restrictions, which can apply to visitors and private landowners:

More ways to help prevent wildfire:

  • When smoking, always dispose of cigarette debris in some type of an ashtray.
  • Attend campfires at all times, with water and a shovel nearby. Any time you leave the area, put out the campfire to the point it is cool to the touch. Build campfires only in cleared open areas. Make sure it is DEAD OUT befo reyou leave.
  • Avoid driving and parking in tall grass or on roads with heavy fine fuels accumulations. Exhaust particles, hot exhaust pipes and hot catalytic converters can start grass fires. Maintain proper tire pressure, as exposed wheel rims can throw sparks.
  • Please follow all campfire safety and minimize campfire impacts with Leave No Trace principles when using a campfire.