PUBLIC USE RESTRICTIONS (8/28/2020)

Central Oregon National Forests and Prineville BLM Public Fire Use Restrictions

Following a warm and dry spring, drought is emerging and expanding across much of the west, and Central Oregon is expecting warmer and drier than average conditions this summer. At the same time, as many facilities and areas are closed or allowing a limited number of visitors due to COVID-19 response measures, a higher than normal number of people are using public lands for recreation. To reduce the number of preventable wildfires, the Prineville District Bureau of Land Management, the Deschutes National Forest and the Ochoco National Forest, and the Crooked River National Grassland, are implementing public use restrictions.

Effective 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 26, open fires, including wood stoves and charcoal briquette fires, are prohibited, except in the following designated campgrounds:

Crescent Ranger District:

  • Contorta Flat
  • Crescent Lake Resort
  • Crescent Lake Campground
  • Odell Lake Resort and Campground
  • Princess Creek Campground
  • Shelter Cove Resort and Campground
  • Spring Campground
  • Sunset Cove Campground
  • Trapper Creek Campground
  • Whitefish Horse Camp

Bend-Ft. Rock Ranger District

  • Chief Paulina Horse Camp
  • Cinder Hill Campground
  • Crane Prairie Campground
  • Cultus Lake Campground
  • East Lake Campground
  • Elk Lake Campground
  • Fall River Guard Station
  • Gull Point Campground
  • Lava Lake Campground
  • Little Crater Campground
  • Little Cultus Lake Campground
  • Little Fawn Campground
  • Little Lava Lake Campground
  • McKay Crossing Campground
  • Mallard Marsh Campground
  • McKay Campground
  • Newberry Group Camp
  • North Twin Campground
  • Ogden Group Camp
  • Paulina Lake Campground
  • Prairie Campground
  • Point Campground
  • Quinn Meadow Horse Camp
  • Quinn River Campground
  • Rock Creek Campground
  • South Campground
  • South Twin Campground
  • West South Twin

Sisters Ranger District:

  • Allen Springs Campground
  • Allingham Campground
  • Blue Bay Campground
  • Camp Sherman Campground
  • Candle Creek Campground
  • Cold Spring Campground
  • Driftwood Campground
  • Gorge Campground
  • Graham Corral Campground
  • Indian Ford Campground
  • Jack Creek Campground
  • Lava Camp Lake Campground
  • Link Creek Campground
  • Lower Bridge Campground
  • Lower Canyon Creek Campground
  • Perry South Campground 
  • Pine Rest Campground
  • Pioneer Ford Campground
  • Riverside Campground
  • Sheep Spring Campground 
  • Smiling River Campground
  • South Shore Campground
  • Three Creek Lake Campground
  • Three Creek Meadow Campground
  • Three Creek Horse Camp Campground
  • Whispering Pines Campground

Paulina Ranger District:

  • Deep Creek Campground
  • Sugar Creek Campground
  • Wolf Creek Campground

Lookout Mtn. Ranger District:

  • Antelope Flat Reservoir Campground
  • Ochoco Divide Campground
  • Ochoco Forest Camp
  • Walton Lake Campground
  • Wildcat Campground

Crooked River National Grassland:

  • Skull Hollow Campground
  • Haystack Reservoir Campground

Prineville BLM: Campgrounds on the Lower Crooker River

  • Big Bend Campground
  • Castle Rock Campground
  • Chimney Rock Campground
  • Cobble Rock Campground
  • Lone Pine Campground
  • Palisades Campground
  • Poison Butte Campground
  • Post Pile Campground

These restrictions DO apply to Wildernesses on the Deschutes National Forest, Ochoco National Forest and Prineville BLM.

Additionally, under the public use restrictions, smoking is prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material. Traveling off developed forest roads and trails also is not allowed, except for the purpose of going to and from a campsite located within 300 feet of the open developed road.

Public use restrictions protect the land, resources, and visitors. Every year lightning-caused fires place a heavy demand on our firefighting resources and puts our forests, firefighters, and communities at risk. Fires caused through carelessness or negligence create unnecessary risk.  This year every preventable fire also could increase our firefighter’s exposure to the COVID-19 virus, which could impact our firefighting resources unnecessarily.

Using explosive target material, such as Tannerite, explosives, and fireworks is prohibited on all federal lands.

For current wildland fire information, the public can visit centraloregonfire.org or follow fire information on Twitter @CentralORfire.





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