Fire Management

Help Prevent Wildfires by Following Fire Restrictions

FIRE RESTRICTIONS are currently in effect on National Forest System (NFS) Lands in the Columbia River Gorge, including:

  • NEVER bring fireworks or other explosive devices, including sparklers, onto federal lands. These are prohibited by law! 
  • No campfires, charcoal fires, or pellet fires on except within fire rings at Wyeth, Eagle Creek, and Eagle Creek Overlook campgrounds.
  • No smoking except within enclosed vehicles or buildings, developed recreation sites, or in areas devoid of vegetation for at least three feet on all sides.
  • No operating internal combustion engines, except in areas devoid of vegetation.
  • No welding or operating open flame torches.
  • No motor vehicles on NFS trails or off of NFS roads
  • Campfires are seasonally prohibited in the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness and Eagle Creek Trail from June 1 to September 15. 

See Forest Orders 06-22-01-19-04 and 06-00-00-18-03 for full text. 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.